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 The RoFR act recognizes the dwelling site, religious places, burial grounds, village council sites along with places of MFP, water resources, biodiverisity etc and also PVT tenures. As the implementation boils down to title deeds for house sites and lands under cultivation, SAKTI engaged the Chenchu youth to document their traditional knowledge in their idiom and dialect, in encouraging them to assert as inborn foresters, capable of managing these resources as envisaged in the Act.

"Since SAKTI activities are mostly issue based and covering a large area, here we concentrate on the forest-related programmes of SAKTI for the present study."


The Tribal Struggle for Property Rights

-Arun Kumar

SAKTI: Review Report by: Mukta Srivastava, Programme Officer, Oxfam GB in India - Hyderabad . DATE : 20-25 November 2002




Bhukya Bhangya

Asst. Professor of History

Nizam College,

Osmania University,


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Women and Governance in South Asia

Edited by:

Yasmin Tambiah

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By Our Staff Reporter

 DAMMAPET (Khammam dist), Dec, 10: 

Sakti, a voluntary Organisation, which has been spearheading the tribal agitation for land, has been silenced, at least for the time being, in Khammam district. The two major groups of the organisation have come to terms with the administration.

Efforts are on to win over a dwindling band of tribal activists led by Mr. Soyam Chandrasekhar, which is still making a hue and cry over the land issue. The non-Tribals have been more or less assured of a trouble-free harvest season.

 The dominant group of Sakti, led by Mr. Soyam Venkateswar Rao, local president of the Organisation, has given up the agitational Programme. Mr. venkateswar Rao has come closer to Telugu Desam party circles and the district breakaway group of Sakti, led by Mr. Punem Ramesh and Mr. Soyam Bojji, which had been a major source of trouble for non-Tribals, has agreed to desist from violent activities in the scheduled area villages.

 The understanding with the second group of tribal activists became possible because of the week-long efforts made by the police and revenue authorities in the Dammapet area. A representative of the Good Samaritan Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bhadrachalam also helped the authorities in bringing the two Sakti groups together. He also assured the tribes of help to redress their problems. The administration has announced a package for he development of tribal villages in both Dammapet and Aswaraopet mandals. 

Even as moves are afoot to reach an understanding with the Tribals, the non-tribal farmers have geared themselves for crop harvest. In a majority of the villages in the two mandals, paddy harvesting is in full swing. Tractors are being engaged in a big way to get the crop to being their habitation where it can be protected well.

 The Police department has also stepped up patrolling in tribal villages following the destruction of a banana plantation in Malkaram village by the tribal protesters last week.

 The authorities said stern action would be taken if the group led by Mr. Soyam Chandrasekhar of Kotturu village ventured into the farms of the non-tribals. Mr. Chandrasekhar and his followers were among the beneficiaries who were assigned land in the first round of distribution. Since the problem was solved in the village, the authorities have made it clear that they have no business to interfere in the matters of other areas. But Mr. Chandrasekhar is bent upon continuing the agitation and hah ignored the appeals of officials to give up the agitational methods.

 A community feast organized at Ramchrupalli village in Awaraopet mandal on Wednesday was attended by both tribals of the two Sakti groups and non-tribal farmers from the various affected villages. But Mr. Chandrasekhar and his followers preferred to stay away. So was the case with the tribes of a few villages including Bhimunigudem. The feast, as th officials and Telugu Desam party leaders have put it, marked the end of hostilities between the tribals and non-Tribals in the area. The tribal problem started almost one year ago following a clash with the non-tribal farmers in the same village.

 Earlier Addressing a public meeting in the village, the Minister for Major Irrigation, Mr. Tummala nageswara Rao, said the land issue was deliberately politicized by some vested interests. When the district administration was making sincere efforts to take away the Government lands from the illegal occupants and assign them to the landless Tribals, there was no need for any sort of protest from their side. He said the unity among the tribal group was a sign of the prosperous days ahead for them.

 The district Collector, Mr. A. Giridhar, said over 4,000 acres of land had been distributed to Tribals so far. The district administration had initiated measures for developing the lands under the programmers sponsored by the ITDA. Employment opportunities were being created sufficiently for the benefit of tribal youth. About 400 tribal youths were being absorbed as village administrative officers. Teacher posts vacant in the tribal villages would be filed soon.

 He said the efforts being made by administration to find a solution to the land issue would be successful only when it received cooperation from all sections of people. The Superintendent of Police, Mr. P.S.R. Anjaneyulul, the TDP district president, Mr. S. Himavantha Rao, the tribal leaders, Mr. S. Venkateswar Rao, Mr. K. Sriramulu Mr. Punem Ramesh, and Mr. Punem paulraj (Bhadrachalam Development Society) were among those who attended the meeting.



W.P. No. 5515/87 M.P.No.7398/87 Date:May 1987

W.P. No. 6175/87 M.P.No.8273/87 Date:May 1987

 "Managing Director Godavari plywoods ltd. Rampachodavaram E.G.Dt. be and hereby is directed not to cut any mango trees, jamun and jack trees and cutting the forests of Maredumilli mandal, E.G.Dt."

 Only matured or dying trees were to be felled. Jeelugu (Caryota urens) palm, trees yielding minor forest produce like tamarind or cane brakes, creepers were not to be touched. A gap of 20 meters from a stream.)         --Times of India, April 30, 1991.


The candidate has chosen a topical subject, very relevant to our thinking on culture, cognition and language. He has red widely and is familiar with the literature that matters. His linguistic and anthropological reasoning is sound. His language is clear and simple.

...evidence of the investigator's ability as a linguist by special training and as a linguistic anthropologist by self - cultivated interest.

Prof. A.Munirathnam Reddy, Head, Department of Social Anthropology,S.V.University, Tirupati - 517502


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The only information the government or media always compile carefully is on Naxalite encounters, never the violations of the instruments of rule of law such as minimum wages, fifth schedule, mismanagement of forests, equity in the distribution of welfare benefits, displacement, fragmentation of Socio-economic entities etc. 



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