What: Over 5000 indigenous and tribal people from across India to gather for “All India Adivasi Mahasabha”
Why: The national meet is being organised so as to building solidarity among different tribal groups of the country, make a concerted effort towards putting pressure on the government for proper implementation of different laws like PESA, FRA and pro- tribal legislations and prepare future strategic plan to address emerging challenges for the tribal & protect tribal cultural identity.
When & Where: 10:30 a.m. onwards from 28th to 30th March 2011 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi
Who: Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ICITP) along with Adivasi Ekta Parishad, AJAM, Delhi University, All India Tribal Literary Forum, ISI and Bharatiya Adim Jati Sevak Sangha are jointly organizing this national consultation which is the first of its kind in the country.
Across the globe, indigenous communities are confronted with a number of issues due to globalization, liberalization and neo liberal policies. This requires efforts to establish linkage with other tribal forums to have solidarity at national level to deal with all the challenges as a united force.
Indian Confederation of Indigenous and tribal Peoples (ICITP), is an umbrella organization of over 310 issue based tribal CBOs, platforms and movement groups. ICITP has been striving in collaboration with these organizations to discuss various issues and promote solidarity among them and other social activists, students, scholars, academicians, and political leaders locally and nationally. ICITP has identified dispossession of life supporting resources (land, forest, water and culture in the name of public interest and aggressive national development policies like mining, industry, power plant, big-dams, wild-life sanctuaries and military installations) threatening the very survival of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples as the main issues and internal colonialism by the dominant society as the main cause. ICITP looks forward to unite all tribal groups for asserting their rights as citizens of this nation. Therefore, the Mahasabha would focus issues mainly on:
- Land laws and Land alienation
- Development induced displacement
- Forest/encroachment & eviction
- Extremism in Adivasi areas/ Militarisation
- Conflicts/Democracy and Human Rights situations
- Poverty, Migration and Domestic workers
- Adivasi perspectives on climate change
- Globalisation and its adverse impact on Adivasis
- Political aspects for tribal policies and their development
- Empowerment of Adivasis for self-rule
- Adivasi women and violence against them - trafficking
- Education, language and literature
- Health and Adivasi traditional medicines
- Culture, Folklore, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge
- Non-recognition of Adivasi spirituality and Adivasi vision
· UN and other relevant international mechanisms and their implementations for Adivasis.