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India: Will My Fast Against Violence and Dispossesion Help the Adivasis?

by Himanshu Kumar, 25 December 2009

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[email] From: vcadantewada ashram
- Date: Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 8:18 PM
- Subject: UPWAAS

In a country, where most Adivasi men women and children suffer from chronic hunger, and are often starved, hunger can hardly be a form of protest. I can only express solidarity with their sufferings. So as I decide to go on voluntary self purificatory fast as long as my strength permits. I am not protesting, but requesting all of us to look inwards and seek justice in our own eyes.

The administration, organizations and individuals at all layers should ask themselves whether it is justified in repressing violently and detaining forcibly in camps and/or forcing them to flee to jungles or to other states to save their lives and livelihood, without meeting their minimal requirement of resettlement back in their villages, a requirement recognized by the supreme court.

Is the desire to be resettled back in their own villages a crime?
Maoists should ask themselves whether resort to violence can improve the conditions of adivasis without drawing them into the killings and sufferings of a civil war among our own people. Violence breeds violence and spirals into a situation which goes totally out of control. This applies both to the government and to the Maoists irrespective of their intentions.

The large mining corporate’s should ask themselves whether profit and more profit is all that matters irrespective of the suffering they bring to the people. They should ask themselves how many people they have dispossessed and displaced without their consent in our democracy.
Finally, this is the time for me to introspect through this fast on the right path, because my actions so far have not helped the Adivasis with whom I share only a little their daily suffering.

Himanshu

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