The Adivasi resistance to land grabbing and mining multinationals

 

For more than 100 years the Indian indigenous communities have been systematically oppressed, disenfranchised, dispossessed and dehumanized. Independence from the British colonial power and even the rights guaranteed to them in the Indian constitution have not changed the situation either. On the contrary: Globalization and "India shining" promoted land expropriation for the benefit of capitalist profit maximization, legally legitimized and promoted by the instrumentalization of the Indian state. The resistance of the indigenous population of India has increasingly formed in the past decades. The Adivasi, as the indigenous people of India call themselves, are now the largest opposition movement in India.

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1. Stan Swamy - "It will be black desert"

It starts with a conversation between the Adivasi activist and human rights activist Stan Swamy and the journalist Michael Briefs. Swamy was a Jesuit priest and a supporter of the Adivasi resistance against mining multinationals for 50 years. The discussion is about how the government and multinational corporations are proceeding to expropriate the Adivasi, how the peaceful resistance is organized and what support Indian and foreign activists can give. Stan Swamy died on July 5, 2021 as India's oldest political prisoner at the age of 84 in Bombay prison. Michael Briefs conducted the interview in 2004 in the Indian state of Jharkhand.

2nd / 3rd / 4th Bulu Imam - "Learn from us" / "We wiped out nine-tenth of civilasation" / "You have to give a real alternative"

Three "takes" with the philosopher, environmental activist and human rights activist Bulu Imam. First he talks about the causes and in the second "take" about the concrete consequences of the "imported Modernity" in India and China, among others. In the last "take" he begins to outline the idea of a global alternative to the western concept of Modernity. This is based on the rejection of modern development concepts, as they are being promoted to the present day for the benefit of globalized elites, regardless of the political system. This modernity is a "cannibalistic modernity", which have catastrophic consequences, especially in the countries of the south. Through them, the eradication of cultural and natural diversity is actively pursued. Climate change is only one consequence. The global consequences threatens the survival of mankind. The interview was held in 2004 at Bulu Imam's home.