Jamshedpur : Members of various tribal communities from three districts of Kolhan division gathered in the steel city today, and reaffirm their resolve to fight for land and resource rights.
About 15,000 people from East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts gathered at Gopal Maidan to celebrate the Vishwa Adivasi Diwas or International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
They presented tribal dances and music. Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Mahasabha, which organised the celebrations, used the platform to not only educate tribals about their rights but also to promote their cultural heritage.
” The response has been overwhelming over the years. Like every year, on the occasion, we have invited people from various parts of the region to create awareness.
Most of them live in the hinterland and are not aware of their rights,” said Hichir Horo, the general secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Mahasabha, Kolhan.
The organisers had also invited around 50 gram sabhas to educate them about Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA) 1996, the new land acquisition bill and other issues concerning the indigenous people. “Adivasis face several challenges.
They are often excluded from the decision-making processes and are subjected to discrimination, poverty and violence. Tribals have already suffered a lot in the name of development.
We are opposing the proposed airport in Gamharia, which will affect 40 villages,” said Dhanu Murmu, an executive committee member of Adivasi Mahasabha.
Murmu further said that very few people knew that the areas, which were today known as Marine Drive, were forest land. We are here to focus on the pros and cons of modern day development,” he added.