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July 08, 2006
What is your opinion on the concept of reclaiming land for tribals?
Ans: That would be very important all over India. One of the problems that tribals are facing is that their land is not regularised and the government finds it very easy to throw them out if say something like minerals are found. In Orissa, parts of which
were princely states, no proper surveys were done and no land given. The Orissa government also did not bother to regularise the land after independence. In a place called Kashipur, the tribals were cultivating land, considered it their own. A lot of bauxite
was found, a Norwegian company came in, and the government just threw them out.
Tribals have not had proper land deeds and so on, and this must be changed. They want their right to land and this must be changed all over
Well-known historian and writer Ramachandra Guha
on the website: http://www.infochangeindia.org
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