Tribals’ socio-economic, cultural rights being compromised in race to meet developmental goals

A written representation was made by civil rights organizations, Samata and mines, minerals & People (mm&P), to members of Parliament* of different political parties in relation to social and economic issues faced... Read more »

Bill soon to give tribal status to six Assam communities: Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that a bill will be introduced in Parliament soon to give Scheduled Tribe status to six communities in Assam. Speaking on the Citizenship Amendment Bill... Read more »

Citizenship Bill: 6 tribal youths injured in police firing in Tripura

Six tribal youths, agitating against the NDA government’s controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, were injured in police firing in Tripura on Tuesday, police said. “Some tribal youths while demonstrating against the Citizenship... Read more »

Dalits and Adivasis make for a disproportionately higher section of the prison population in India

How does caste play out in the criminal justice and penal system in India? Why do dalits and adivasis make for a disproportionately higher section of the prison population in India, and... Read more »

Government, Industries Nationwide Dodge Law, Take Over Forest Land Without Consent Of Tribal Communities

In early 2017, Mangal Kunjam, a 25-year-old journalist, heard a commotion outside his house in Ghumiyapal village in the southern corner of the heavily forested state of Chhattisgarh. His neighbours had gathered... Read more »

Human Rights Notice To Centre Over Suicides In State-Run Boarding Schools

The  National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to the HRD Ministry over the reported suicide of 49 students, including Dalits, of residential Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) between 2013 and... Read more »

The Origins of Odisha’s Tribal-Dalit Political Nexus

It was probably my fourth visit to the tribal belt in south Odisha — an Indian state along the country’s eastern coast — when I was talking to the locals about their sacred cave... Read more »

12-year-old girl found hanging in tribal school

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl was found hanging in a room at an Adivasi ashramshala (tribal school) in Shahpur on Tuesday night, said police.Advertising An officer privy to the investigation said, “The headmaster of... Read more »

Most statutory bodies “fail” to react to security forces occupying Jharkhand tribal schools

Dec. 27 Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), a well-known women’s rights organization, has taken strong exception to nine schools and two panchayat bhawans in Khunti, Murhu, Arki, Badgaon villages... Read more »

Are Young Adivasis in Odisha Losing Life-Skills Through Schooling?

After graduating from school, 17-year-old Khirot Kutruka might pursue a BA, but will return to his fields after that. A Kondh adivasi from Goelkona village in Odisha’s Rayagada district, he commutes seven... Read more »

Himachal tribals’ forest rights “rejected” despite assurance in state assembly

In what is being interpreted as a “clear example” of how the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, is being flouted despite political assurances, official members of a district level committee under FRA... Read more »

Goa beach village body passes resolution to ban business run by Lamanis

The village assembly of a popular Goa beach village, Benaulim in South Goa, on Wednesday passed a resolution to shut down all businesses, including taxi services operated by the members of the... Read more »

Odisha provided hostel facilities to 6 lakh tribal students

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 19 Odisha has provided highest residential hostel facilities to students belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe (SC/ST) community in comparison to other states, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Inaugurating... Read more »

‘Tribal Haat’ to come up in Odisha capital soon

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 20 Here’s good news for the denizens as a Tribal Haat (market) will be a reality soon to avail organic products and handicrafts here in the Smart City. Chief Minister... Read more »

52 tribals and dalits were sexually harassed and enslaved for 3 Years

New Delhi, Dec. 20 For close to three years, 52 dalit and tribal persons, including 16 women and 4 children, were “enslaved” in a heavily guarded, small shed and forced to work as labourers for... Read more »

Demands for Justice for Amit Topno, Who Covered Tribal Resistance in Jharkhand

On Friday, journalists and activists carried out a candle-light march in the state capital, pressing for a high-level probe into the murder of Amit Topno – the journalist and video volunteer who reported on... Read more »

Disproportionately high population of Dalits, Adivasis lodged in jails, says study

Dalits and Adivasis constitute a disproportionately high number of prisoners with respect to their share of the country’s population, a study has shown, which adds that even behind bars, these prisoners face... Read more »

Eklavya schools for every district with 50% Scheduled Tribe population

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday gave its in-principle approval for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) in every block with... Read more »

BJP to hold a tribal meet in Odisha

To consolidate its tribal vote base, the BJP has announced a massive gathering of indigenous people here in February. The Adivasi Mahasamavesh will be held on February 2 and 3 and will... Read more »

Udupi Krishna temple decides to stop ‘Ede Snana’ ritual, where scheduled tribes roll on plantain leaves of left over food of Brahmins.

The Paryaya Palimar Mutt has taken a decision to ban the practice of Ede Snana at the Sri Krishna Mutt and Temple in Udupi, during the Subramanya Shashti celebrations. Madi Snana was... Read more »