Friday, May 25, 2007
Widely believed to be the next targets of the Chhattisgarh government's mission against Naxal "sympathisers" and "informants", these four, like Binayak Sen, have dedicated their lives to working with the state’s tribals
Nadi Ghati Morcha
Is the founder president of the Nadi Ghati Morcha, an organisation that has been opposing the sale of the Shivnath river to a company called Radius Water. He is very popular amongst adivasis and has been working with them for many years, especially in the Sitanadi area.
An activist who has been working with the Baiga tribe for many years in the Lormi tribal area, which falls between Kawardha and Bilaspur. She is vehemently opposed to mining in Dulduli by the Vedanta group. The mining is resulting in large-scale displacement of the Baiga tribes, as is the policy of driving out tribals from the Kanha-Kisli and other national parks
Married to Rashmi Dwivedi, Nath runs Parivartan, a non-government organisation based in Kanker, headquarters of what used to be the Bastar district. For over 30 years, he has worked on forest and rights issues. Trains tribals for self-employment since their land is being denied to them as part of the Malik Makbooja scam in which Salwa Judum leader Mahendra Karma is one of the accused
President of the PUCL Chhattisgarh, he is one of the founders of the civil liberties group. Founded in June 1977, PUCL is India’s foremost human rights advocacy group. Sail has also been associated with the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha. Shankar Guha Niyogi was a close associate of his. Niyogi was murdered in 1991, allegedly by an industrial group