Statement of Concern on Defamation of Adivasi Struggle Groups

Type: Press Release | Published Date: 04 May 2017

Statement of Concern on Defamation of adivasi struggle groups like Odisha’s Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti and Jharkhand's Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Taking cognisance of the factutally incorrect mention of Odisha’s Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti (NSS) and Jharkhand's Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan (VVJVA) as being linked with with ‘Maoist’ organization, a banned organisation in Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India in its 372 page long 2016-17 Annual Report; We reject the following observation in the 2016-17 Annual Report, Ministry of Home Affairs wherein it reads: "In 2016, the issue of displacement of local communities remained the main plank of mobilization by the mass organisations. In Niyamgiri Hills area (Districts Rayagada and Kalahandi, Odisha), the outfit continued to guide the activities of the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti. Similarly in Jharkhand the Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan a front of the CPI (Maoist), tried to take up pro-tribal issues and opposed amendments to the Chhotanagpur and Santhal Pargana Tenancy Acts, modifications in Domicile Policy etc. Maoist affiliates also undertook protest programmes and resorted to anti-Government propaganda over alleged atrocities by Security Forces"; We are disturbed to note that the Ministry is making an unfounded connection between a banned organisations and a peoples’ rights struggle... [Please see full statement in the downloadable file]

Posted on: 06 May 2017

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