Author: R C Verma
Publisher: Aravali Books International
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8181500008
In India, terror comes in various shapes and sizes. It may be by gun or hunger. Whether terror is by gun or by hunger, it always aims to convey the common message of human misery and massacre. While gun kills hundreds of people with dramatic suddenness, endemic hunger quietly terminates many more lives.
This book focuses on terror by hunger among the tribals who are its worst victims due to persistent poverty, exploitation, corruption and bad governance. Looking back to the tryst with tribal destiny since independence, they find themselves in the spiral of slow death due to betrayal of their trust in the administration of justice. The main factors responsible for their pitiable plight include unabated land alternation, exploitation by money lenders, dismal post colonial development process, illusive implementation of the Constitutional safeguards and denial of self rule in the scheduled areas. Despite legal and constitutional provisions for the protection and development of the members of the scheduled tribes as also their land in the scheduled areas, the tribal have lost more than 50% land and, now they are struggling for survival.
The tribal are now disillusioned with the politics of hollow promises of the politicians and hold bad governance responsible for their impoverishment. They no longer want to be treated as fodder for democracy. They demand justice, self respect, protection of human rights, self rule in the scheduled areas, effective enforcement of the constitutional guarantees, participation in the development process and full quota in all government posts in proportion to their population. They have declared their agenda and demand result oriented affirmative action without any political gimmicks.
Pseudo protection of tribal land
State induced land alienation
Degradation by deprivation
Tribals revolt against the colonial rule
Colonial conspiracy of protective isolation
Constituent Assembly Debate on tribal situation