July 15, 2016

Jhodias of Kashipur: part of Paraja tribe deprived of its ST status

Indigenous communities across the globe are being victimised by the nexus between capitalist forces and political power. While corporate houses set their own expansionist agenda, people in power have always been instrumental in pushing the corporate agenda forward in the name of development. The story of the Jhodia community of Kashipur in Odisha exemplifies how the Indian government has cunningly kept a group of primitive Paraja tribe out of the list of scheduled tribe and deprived them of all rights given to them by the Indian constitution. All is made just to favour one of India’s largest corporate entity that heavily funds political parties to fight elections. 

March 02, 2016

Odisha Farmers Struggle for Survival

The state and central governments are likely to increase the focus on agriculture in their budgets. But the question remains: when will farmers receive the benefits of all these plans and programmes, and more importantly, how will they overcome the present crisis?

June 05, 2015

Environment lacked attention in Naveen’s Odisha


If Odisha, under the rule of Naveen Patnaik from 2000 to 2015, has achieved significant economic growth, it also carries with it the story of pollution, deforestation and environmental degradation.

Counting on mining, industrialisation and large infrastructure as key sectors for economic development of Odisha, the government under Naveen's leadership has failed to address environmental issues that affect life in most mining and industrial hubs.

May 15, 2015

Displaced and Deprived


Fifteen years under Naveen Patnaik is often presented as the period of industrialisation and rapid development in Odisha. However, the period has seen massive land grab and large scale displacement as well.
Government’s unilateral approach in development planning and implementation has widened the gulf of mistrust between people and the government bringing the both face to face against each other in almost all project locations over the issue of displacement.

March 06, 2015

India’s climate change dilemma

Source: Global Times
From coastal to tropical and sub-tropical regions, farmers and forest dwellers across the eastern Indian state of Odisha encounter livelihood issues as climate change has severely impacted agriculture and forced people to migrate.