Adivasi protests mount: Forest Rights Group plans Sansad Gherao on Nov 21

Protests of Adivasis and Forest Dwellers mount as the next date of the SC hearing (Nov 26) draws near

Bhumi Adhikar

Bhumi Adhikar Andolan, a forest rights collective, held a planning meeting at Indian Social Institute regarding the action planned on November 21, 2019 to have a Sansad Gherao at Sansad Marg, Delhi. The Gherao,along with state, district and village level actions, have been planned to protest violationsof people’s rights and dilution of Forest Rights Act.

The two-hour long meeting witnessed a detailed discussion over various key issues. Mobilization processes were reviewed with various representatives of mass organizations. The meeting highlighted the fact that it is important to take the discussion to the public about Forest Rights Act 2006, and the current situation happening in the Supreme Court of India.

In the meeting, All India Kisan Sabha’s Hannan Mollah stressed on the fact that the central government is showing a blind eye towards the Supreme Court’s proceedings regarding the hovering question about the constitutional legitimacy of the Forest Rights Act 2006. He noted, it is very important to inform each and every citizen of this country about the importance of FRA 2006 in protecting the rights of the adivasi populace and forest dwellers.

He noted that the central government has not sent their legal representation to the Supreme Court on the hearing dates to defend the legitimacy of FRA 2006. Under the pretext of forest conservation, he said,thegovernmentis indirectly pushing forward their corporate agenda to appropriate forest land from the indigenous populace.

He further noted that these marginalized indigenous people have been living in India’s forests maintaining the flora and fauna of Indian forests. Evicting them from their forestsis likely to leave a severe impact on the ecology of India’s forests. Therefore it is essential to expose the illegalities in the execution of central government to weaken the FRA 2006 to each and every citizen of India and globally.

Over 12,000 people all over India, at the minimum, will be joining the protest programme.


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