Namdev's case also reveals the ignorance of Adivasis in these districts about the laws which are meant to protect their interests especially their rights on their lands. A good number of years elapse by the time the Adivasis get to know the statutes and file cases for restoration of their lands from the non tribals.
The ethnic people have ventured beyond the borders of their district, Kumram Bheem Asifabad, for the first time. They got together as the day wore off and they saw Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Salarjung Museum and the airport. The Gundala Adivasis were in touch with him since he was Superintendent of Police of Adilabad district before it was divided about a year ago. The Police Department, under the officer, had facilitated laying of a 6-km gravel track for which he earned the praise of the aboriginals.
Greenpeace India on Sunday condemned the inauguration of Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, saying it signals ruin and not the development of 10,000 hapless and poor farmers. The NGO said the Sardar Sarovar Project, which was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, would not bring any development for Adivasis in the absence of a just and fair rehabilitation programme.
Former minister Satish Jarkiholi has expressed concern over the fact that Dalits and Adivasis were yet to get justice in various spheres of life despite being major caste groups. He was speaking at the conference of SC/ST employees of the Department of Posts in Belagavi on Sunday. Rights and privileges did not flow to the communities automatically as they are majority communities. If it were to be a donation to be made to Tirupati temple, they would have given it right away, Mr Jarkiholi said.
Legendary Raj Gond martyr Kumram Bheem continues to evoke deep interest among various sections of society, his saga being a watershed event in the history of Adivasis living in north Telangana. This time a debate is on about the exact date of his martyrdom which, in any case, is not the date on which the aboriginal Raj Gonds pay homage to their leader. Subsequently, the Adivasis are said to have assaulted a forest employee about two months before the actual Jodeghat firing incident took place.
Adivasis from Adilabad, Kumram Bheem Asifabad and Mancherial districts on Thursday demanded a criminal case be booked against KB Asifabad District Collector M Champalal besides surrendering him to the government for having 'illegally' issued a circular asking Tahsildars to issue 'pahanis' in Agency villages. A gathering of aboriginal tribe Raj Gond, Kolam and Thotti protesters condemned the action of the top government official saying he ought to have been aware of special laws governing Agency areas which forbid it.