Under a scorching sun, after walking miles and miles in the hilly terrain, these bare feet
have come here to tell the most astounding tale, if we care to hear them out: stories of human grit, resolution, revolution; stories of a resolute struggle to protect one’s dignity, self-reliance
, and the ultimate provider — Mother Earth
. For the more than five thousands adivasis assembled at Muniguda
on the foothills of Niyamgiri on 22 May 2013, it was yet another occasion to declare to the world, on top of their voice, that THEY ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW MINING ON THEIR SACRED MOUNTAIN
, COME WHAT MAY.But, the Indian State
refuses to hear that roar. It has hatched yet another plan to micromanage the interests of a company, in the form of Gram Sabha
that will be orchestrated and controlled by the State itself. However, the adivasis have already announced their verdict, and have vowed not to budge a bit.
If the stupendous gathering of people suggests their unity and resolve to fight the mighty State, the unprecedented absence of police force (hardly 15 to 20 in number) during this rally could be another sly strategy of the State to suggest that ‘the State is not interfering or intimidating’.
In the previous post of KBK Samachar, we had KumtiMajhi blasting the Indian State and the company (Vedanta
) for threatening and stooping people from attending meetings and public hearings
. So, did the government take notice of that? Will the forces and company goons not show up if Gram Sabhas are held as well? …It will be interesting to watch that.
Here we present an excerpt of the protest rally of 22 May 2013.