"Having a towering GDP growth rate would matter least if tribals and other under-privileged societies continue their under-developed lives. As a tribal, I would expect the government to undeceive all its fallacious perceptions of development that has caused immense exploitation of tribal communities, and bring about some actual growth. " Richard Toppo writes.
The following is a statement from concerned academicians, students and activists condemning the CPI(Maoist) for actions against NREGA activists in specific and their practice of killing people through farcical "death penalties" in general. The statement is hosted here and those who agree with the statement are requested to sign the petition.
A NREGA social audit activist comments on the gruesome killing of activist Niyamat Ansari, reportedly by the Maoists.
Most of the facts about the murder of Niyamat Ansari are available in media and the vicious propaganda against Niyamat and others has been effectively countered by now. This note attempts to ask the more fundamental question about NREGA, civil society and the Maoists by going deeper into the problem of acute violence over NREGA in states like Jharkhand.
In the general elections 2009, BJP had a distinct advantage in Jharkhand. The party won 8 out of total 14 Lok Sabha seats and planned to win a clear majority in the state assembly elections. The assembly results, however, came out to be a rude and shocking retreat for the BJP that too when circumstances absolutely favoured it. And for insiders, this turnaround is neither unexpected nor undesired.