People’s groups express concern over violation of community rights over natural resources

The 6th General Assembly of the mines, minerals &People (mm&P), organized from 13th May to 15th May 2017 at Kotagiri in Tamil Nadu, witnessed the participation of about 236 volunteers, coming from dozens of struggle groups representing 17 states across the country. People from various paths of life, from activist, journalist, lawyer, environmentalist, expert, student, farmer and women, to former deputy-director of Geological Survey of India KV Krishnamurthy, Rajasthan’s “water man” Rajendra Singh, as guest speaker, participated in the meet. They shared their experiences and expressed concern on issues of community rights over natural resources.

The event began with the release of the book, “Recognizing Grassroots Struggles for Rights to Resources, Livelihood and Health”, which carries stories on various anti-mining struggles and community issues. It also profiles heroes of struggles. Also released was the regular tribal magazine ‘Dhimsa’  which carries stories on tribal issues published by Samata, written by Mr Rajendra Singh, Mr Amarsingh Choudhury, former union minister, member of parliament and veteran tribal leader, Mr. Ashok Choudhury, eminent Gandhian and expert on PESA from Gujarat,  and M. Kalluram Ghodde, a prominent tribal leader and founder of Bhumi Sena in Maharastra.

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