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Tribal Activism Of Himanshu Kumar

Jun 08, 2009, 7 comments The Indian media has been over the top with the shrill coverage of the attacks on Indian students in Australia and the release of the Hafiz Sayyed. However, most of the same shrill seekers of justice and fairplay in the legal system mutely ignore the excesses happening directly in India. Since Binyak Sen was released on bail a few days ago, Tehelka cover storied the rampant injustice meted out in the tribal district of Dantewada. This is Dantewada, a remote district in the south Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. The man in white is Himanshu Kumar, a Gandhian human rights activist from Meerut who has been working in Dantewada for 17 years. And the war is an old triangular one: between the State, the Naxals, and the tribals — cleft violently from within by the infamous government-sponsored Salwa Judum. Himanshu is crushed mercilessly. On 17 May, a day after the Lok Sabha election results, a ... Read Full Story