From the diary of an Adivasi woman: In India, how top-down development excludes its biggest stakeholders
There are so few Adivasis working in a sector that envisions empowering of the Adivasi communities and other marginalised groups. The same is true as you move down organisational hierarchies, except in community cadres (for implementing agencies) or office help-boys and girls (in case of others). Poverty, low literacy rate and remoteness of our dwellings are certainly critical barriers. However, it is difficult to believe that there aren’t enough of us the criteria for making contributions, with a population much greater than that of the United Kingdom's.
Adivasis and the Indian State: Beyond access, educational institutes must be sensitive towards cultural differences, prevent positioning of tribals as inferiors
Lately, educational institutes have become a prominent site of adverse integration of the Adivasis into the caste-fold, where the Adivasi culture is often ridiculed and condescended as ‘primitive’ and the non-Adivasi culture is projected as the modernist ideal norm
Muslim youths stalking Adivasi girls will be beheaded, says Telangana BJP MP; minority group seeks action against Soyam Bapu Rao
BJP MP Soyam Bapu Rao stoked a controversy by saying that any Muslim youth who tries to stalk tribal girls will be 'beheaded'. A video of the Adilabad MP purportedly making the comments was widely shared on social media.
India and the Indian: My nationalism competes with China, not Pakistan, writes Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
Our political life, lived around only village panchayats before 1950, is now connected to a larger constitutional democracy. In the future, this nationalist view will gain more prominence. The RSS nationalism will slowly but surely wither away.
Payal Tadvi case: Three senior doctors of Mumbai's BYL Nair Hospital remanded in police custody till 31 May
In the Payal Tadve suicide case, the three senior doctors, arrested on account of abetting the suicide of their junior, have been remanded in police custody till 31 May
Alpa Shah on Nightmarch, her Orwell Prize-longlisted account of journeying into India’s Naxal heartland
Alpa Shah’s journey through India's Naxal belt with a guerrilla platoon is documented in her 2018 book, Nightmarch. This year, the title has been longlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize for Political Writing.
Chennai Photo Biennale 2019: Gauri Gill depicts everyday lives of an Adivasi village in Maharashtra using masks
Gauri Gill's 'Acts of Appearance' assumed its form within a village of Adivasi paper mache artists from the Kokna tribe in Jawhar district of Maharashtra.
Tribal groups to go ahead with Bharat bandh today despite SC stay on order directing eviction of 'illegal' forest-dwellers
Tribal outfits across states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and north-east have called for a peaceful bandh.
In a setback to Congress in Telangana, two party MLAs announced joined TRS in the interest of Adivasis and for the development of their constituencies
Travels through the Hindi belt: As MGNREGA projects dry up, Chhattisgarh labourers migrating south face squalor
Local journalist Nizam Ali, who blew the whistle on a 120-crore MGNREGA scam in Bastar in 2013-2014, said migration should not come as a surprise, considering fewer projects are on the anvil each year.
In the midst of the Maoist killing fields, the government built a skill city, an education hub, a multispeciality hospital and also set up a call centre. A one-time Maoist stronghold, Palnar turned into a ‘digital village’, hooked up to the world.
Accounting for lowest proportion of Scheduled Tribes in country, Adivasis in UP struggle for their rights
While Uttar Pradesh has the lowest proportion of individuals that fall under the Scheduled Tribes — only 0.57% of the most populous state in the country — by most indicators, this minuscule section of society is disproportionately suffering.
Media watchdog seeks independent probe into murder of Jharkhand journalist Amit Topno, claims police probe has been 'stalled'
Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders called on Indian authorities to set up an independent inquiry into the murder of tribal community journalist Amit Topno in Jharkhand.
MeToo and savarna feminism: Revolutions cannot start with the privileged, feminist future must be equal for all
Mainstream feminism in India aka upper-caste or savarna feminism, as it exists today, is problematic.
Kerala floods: Houses in Wayanad villages submerge in water; residents shifted to schools as rescue and relief work picks up
The situation in Kerala's Wayanad district is particularly grim due to the floods in the state. Many villages in the area are completely submerged in and rescue and relief operation has been met with many hurdles due to poor connection and accessibility.
The survivors were admitted to the civil hospital at Biswanath by the police.
Social activists say 14 persons died in Jharkhand due to starvation, blame govt mandate to link ration cards with Aadhaar
Starvation deaths are caused by a circle of poverty, government apathy and mandatory Aadhaar-ration-card integration.
Women and their struggles: Excessive focus on sexual crimes ignores everyday iniquities and indignities they face
The latest National Crime Records Bureau statistics show an 83% increase in crimes against women, with as many as 39 cases reported every hour across the country. There are several thousand more instances that go unreported. And yet, such felonious acts represent only a limited view of the manner in which women in this country must face brutality. In this series of reported pieces, Firstpost examines those societal forces that, while beyond the ambit of law, have the same deleterious effect on women as criminal acts.
Pathalgadi supporters misguiding Adivasi culture and tradition, says gram sabha of Jharkhand village
People of Chitramu village in Khunti district have admitted that they had been misled by the supporters of 'Pathalgadi' and pledged to implement the schemes of Jharkhand government.
A five-year roadmap for overall development of tribals was on the agenda when Narendra Modi visited Mandla, Madhya Pradesh