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Incredible India: Operation Green Hunt

Posted by Mike E on May 13, 2010

For those in New York and interested in what’s going on in Chattisgarh, the following event takes place next week at Hunter College. If this is of interest to Kasama/SAR people (as I hope it is), I’d request it be reposted as a new post on SAR or Kasama. Anyway, one of the speaker’s (Javed Iqbal)’s blog can be found at: http://moonchasing.wordpress.com/

The other (Himanshu Kumar) has a piece from EPW from last year that can be found on Sanhati at: http://sanhati.com/articles/1937/

Incredible India: Operation Green Hunt

Date:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Time:
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:
West Building 215, Hunter College, NYC
Description
South Asia Solidarity Initiative and AID, New York/New Jersey present

INCREDIBLE INDIA: OPERATION GREEN HUNT, SALWA JUDUM AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE INDIGENOUS (ADIVASIS) PEOPLE

Conversation with Himanshu Kumar, Gandhian human rights activist from Chhatisgarh, India

Moderator: Murli Natrajan (SASI and AID)

And a Photo Exhibit by Javed Iqbal

Himanshu Kumar has been working with the Adivasis (indigenous people) in Dantewada, Chattisgarh, India for the past 17 years, in the midst of a war-like situation involving the State, the Maoists, and the state backed militia Salwa Judum. Himanshu, his wife, along with their committed team associated with the Vanvasi Chetna Ashram (VCA) have played a key role in setting up or functioning of women’s self-help groups, Mitanin health-worker program, and ensuring access to basic government schemes. More recently, caught between state terror and Operation Greenhunt and the violence being waged in the name of the people, Dantewada and other parts have been marred by murders, rapes, arson, torching of villages, abductions, detentions and other brutalities. Himanshu Kumar, VCA and a few others have been instrumental in bringing to light the brutalities unfolding in Chattisgarh by filing FIRs against the perpetrators of violence, fighting cases on behalf of rape victims, rehabilitating displaced tribal villages as directed by the Supreme Court of India and NHRC, filing RTIs to force the government to disclose information about detained people, organizing peaceful padyatras (marches), supplying food to starving villages, facilitating numerous fact-finding missions.

Javed Iqbal is a journalist with the Indian Express doing reportage solely on tribal dispossession and conflict in tribal areas across Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, MP and Andhra. Over the past two years his work has been key in exposing the myriad ways in which violence by all parties has wrought devastation in indigenous areas and violated law, due process, rights, livelihoods, community and entire ways of living. His reportage and photographs have become a key part of understanding the extent of these violations in the central heartlands of the country.

For details contact: Rupal Oza, roza@hunter.cuny.edu
Murli Natrajan, aman818@gmail.com

www.southasiainitiative.org

5 Responses to “Incredible India: Operation Green Hunt”

  1. CPSA said

    Thanks Mike. Hope people can make it.

  2. CPSA said

    Unfortunately SASI has announced the event has been cancelled (see below). Sorry for any inconvenience.

    Oza Rupal
    May 16, 10:16 am
    From: Oza Rupal
    Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 10:16:38 -0400
    Subject: [SASI] CANCELLED — Conversation with Himanshu Kumar, Gandhian human rights activist from Chhatisgarh, India

    Dear all,

    Regretfully the event with Himanshu Kumar has to be cancelled.

    -SASI

  3. CPSA said

    35 killed as Maoists blow up bus in Dantewada: http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/18/stories/2010051858710100.htm

    The following is a long piece from EPW about industry, agriculture and mining in Orissa under the economic reforms. Page 3 talks about the Maoists, though it’s mostly about the social and economic impact of policies in the state.:

    http://epw.in/epw/uploads/articles/14761.pdf The liberalisation process that started in India in the early 1990s has made Orissa potentially the most attractive destination for large capital-intensive projects by private-sector firms – typically mineral-based ones. These projects are facing opposition from the people, especially those likely to be displaced and those who will be indirectly affected. At the same time, the state’s woes – poverty and unemployment – remain to be addressed. Against this backdrop, this article examines – both analytically and empirically – the path taken by the three important sectors of the state: agriculture, industry, and mining. Based on an inter-district and inter-state panel analysis, the paper highlights the serious decline in the Orissa’s agricultural sector – still the only significant determinant of per capita income in the state – while the mining sector, be it in production or exports, has flourished.

  4. CPSA said

    Is anyone actually reading this thread anymore? Haha. Anyway, here’s a new much longer piece about advisasis, mining and capital in Orissa from Sanhati: http://sanhati.com/literature/2318/

    And let me replug Bidyut Chakabarti and Rajat Kumar Kujur’s book “Maoism in India,” about the CPI (Maoist) in Orissa from Routledge. It’s expensive, but I’d say it’s the best academic book to come out on the Maoist movement, probably since the 1980s.:
    http://www.amazon.com/Maoism-India-Reincarnation-Twenty-First-Contemporary/dp/0415544866/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274153658&sr=8-1

  5. epoliticus said

    Yes, I am.

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