State Repression

state-represion

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh named internal conflict the greatest threat to Indian national security. India’s many fractured ethnic groups and growing economic disparity create ripe ground for conflict. The Indian national government generally divides major conflicts into three major geographic arenas: the ongoing conflict over Jammu and Kashmir; Naxalite rebellions in the central corridor and militant movements in the Northeast. While conflict between the country’s Hindu nationalists and Muslim minority has remained relatively dormant in the last few years, tension persists. Small-scale conflicts across India—both old and new—continue and occasionally flare up in violence. Of central concern is the growing disparity between the country’s newly minted haves and the majority have nots. Many believe this increasing gap is of utmost concern for the entire nation. In this section, IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents Report on conflict.

Living Near Hell; How Coking Coal is Choking Jharia

 
/ March 26, 2015

26th March | Madra Panchayat, Jharia Block, Dhanbad District, Jharkhand | Bharti Kumari The operations of Bharat Coking Coal Limited, in Jharia Block, have destroyed most signs of a once normal life. Everything is now shrouded under a sick smoke emitting from the coal fires burning in mines underground and...

Tribal in Jharkhand abducted, tortured and labelled a Maoist

 
/ February 20, 2015

February 19; Timla, Jharkhand In June 2010, Mahadeo Munda was sitting under Mahua tree when police officers approached him and started asking questions. “After that they put me in a vehicle. I don’t know where they went,” he told Community Correspondent Amita Tuti later. Mahadeo is a farmer in Tilma...

Uprooting a slum for corporate convenience

 
/ January 16, 2015

January 16; Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh A slum near Minto Park in Allahabad is being uprooted and its residents disposed, Community Correspondent Ajeet Bahadur reports on the political and corporate motivations driving this move.

Factory pollution choking lives

 
/ January 15, 2015

January 15; Satara, Maharashtra Village of Golegaon in rural Maharashtra is suffering from the toxin pollutions by a factory unit of Sona Alloys Pvt. Limited. “Flowers don’t bloom on our fruit trees due to the black dust,” says Hirabai Gole, resident of Golegaon. Community Correspondent Rohini Pawar reports on the...

Illegal detention of Hrudananda Tandi, a dalit

 
/ December 10, 2014

Imagine being sent to jail because someone wanted a piece of your land; imagine being embroiled in a long legal battle to keep what is yours to begin with. Community Correspondent Abhishek Kumar Dash shares the harrowing story of Hurdanand Tandi from tukula village in nuapada,Odisha. A Dalit, Hrudanand and...

Corrupt ASHA workers harass villagers

 
/ November 24, 2014

“Even though my baby died, ASHA workers took money from me,” says Indu Devi, a resident of Ahinkatol village, in Bihar’s Katihar district. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) are community health workers instituted by the government. They are trained to work as health educators in their localities but, as this...

Save Mahan: Voices from ground zero

 
/ August 1, 2014

Mahan in Madhya Pradesh’s Singrauli district has become another front in the battle waging between the desire for economic growth and that to conserve forests and indigenous ways of life. The forests in Mahan are the largest Sal forests in Asia. In a landscape already blackened by mining, this is...

Farmers Harassed, Fight for Secure Land Rights

 
/ February 10, 2014

Madhya Pradesh is one India’s most forest rich areas of India with thirty three per cent of its land under forests. For a majority of its population, who are farmers these forests are essential parts of their lives. Their lands, small produce like wood, fruits, medicinal herbs all come from...