Consultation on Violence in Tribal Areas

“Selfish motto of state is solely responsible for the various kinds of violence in the country and tribals are most affected. Situation is worse than british era.” said human rights activist Swami Agnivesh during national consultation on violence in tribal regions of India at SDC auditorium in Ranchi.

With the increasing intensity of violence in tribal areas, 150 social organizations  from various parts of country came together to share a platform and deal with the various kind of violence in country. They exercised and finally identified the factors behind extenuated level of violence and the role of all parties i.e. state, corporate and extremists in this violence.

The discussion was not just about how violence is affecting development but how development is leading to violence. Focus was mainly on open violence like naxalism, state and structural violence.

The famous ‘Waterman’ and Magsaysay award winner from Rajasthan, Rajendra Singh spoke about the various kinds of violence and said “violent elements get organized very soon but non violent elements do not. In order to resist violence non violent elements should unite”. ” Poverty is not a problem, richness is. A poor man does not fight but tries to protect his livelihood. Some groups of society have suddenly become rich and are consistently encroaching on other’s resources to add to their own riches” He further added.

The purpose of this discussion was to figure out what can be done to improve the situation and a hope to appeal similar like minded organizations to join this national movement. “The belief is that the social organizations can play a very important role in improving the situation, bringing in peace and creating a favorable atmosphere for the development of tribals in participatory manner rather than externally enforcing development” said Sharad Bihar, human right activist and retired chief secretary of Chhattisgarh.

Madhu Kishwar, RIV Kujur, V. Rajgopal, Ashok Choudhary, etc. also contributed in this three days consultation program and members of various NGOs like SPA, Ekta Parishad, Gujrat Vidyapeeth, CASA, Oxfem India, SAND SAMVD, and others participated in a large number

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