Corporate onslaught on tribals of Chhattisgarh
(we have got this article through email by prabhat.as he was asked to contribute in the blog by us. – Editor)
In the age of Internet and Satellite T.V. when the whole world looks like one big family its amazing how the Tribals of Chattisgarh,Orissa,Jharkhand are fighting to save their culture and tradition,their forest,their land from the greed of the Government at the Center,from the State Government and most of all from the MNC’s like Tata,Reliance,Essar,Iffco etc.In the name of development these MNC’s who are capable of buying any politicians are only interested in the mineral reserve available underneath these Tribal lands.
In Chattisgarh is it just a coincidence that ‘Salwa Judum’ started only few days after the State Government signed MOU’s with these Multi National Companies?Tata Steel is being allowed to call the shots in Chattisgarh only few months after they were responsible for the death of nearly 20 tribals who had gathered to protest the land acquisition by the Tata company in Kalingnagar in Orissa.This was not the end of the terror for the innocent Tribals because even their dead bodies were chopped to create fear amongst them.Its shocking that the Press and Television of our country who are at payroll of these companies didn’t write much about it.This is the dark side of these corporate houses like Tata Steel,Reliance etc who project themselves as the leader in nation building.
Salwa Judum in Bastar is a conspiracy to drive the Tribals away from their homeland so that their forest and land can be exploited without any resistance from them.Today more than fifty thousand tribals are living in Camps,nearly 700 villages are empty,rest have migrated to neighbouring state like Orissa and Andra Pradesh,thousands have already died.Where is the world press and media I wonder?
The current State Government has leaders whose forefathers came to Chattisgarh to exploit the Teak Forest and Precious Stone of the State so its not surprising that their sons are also doing the same.The Tribals of chhattisgarh have no voice at all.Instead of reserving the CM post for the Tribals even the Governor of the State has no knowledge about the Tribal Culture and Tradition.
There is so much more to write but the pain I am feeling right now at the state of Tribals is making me to stop.