A woman from the Bareli tribe of northwest Maharashtra uses her green saree to shield herself from the sun, while walking alongwith women from others tribes of Maharashtra.
As we soak in the powerful display of what a democratic protest looks like, thanks to the #kisanlongmarch
, I remember another march I had the privilege to walk along with, from Shivaji Park to Azad Maidan, in 2011.
About 20,000 Adivasi women and men from across #Maharashtra
walked hundreds of kilometres over 14 days, to Mumbai. The Jungle Haq Sangharsh Yatra was escorted by non-aggressive police; several MLAs in immaculate white accompanied the marathon walkers into Azad Maidan.
It was the Maharashtra government’s neglectful and callous attitude towards the implementation of the Forest Rights Act of 2006, which had seeded this strong and spectacular protest. The Act had promised to rectify decades of injustice, and validate the right of Adivasis over the land and forest that they have lived in for generations. However, negligible justice has been delivered since.
Led by women holding a banner, the Bhute dancers from #Nandurbar
and Mawchi tribesmen followed. In the spectacle of painted bodies, turbans with feathers, waists decorated with strings of dried gourd and ghungroos, a sea of banners from participating organisations surged across the urban landscape; slogans emanated from a loudspeaker on a truck. They walked in two disciplined lines, ensuring that traffic was not inconvenienced. However, for urban spectators, the of the Jungle Haq Sangharsh Yatra merely meant jammed traffic and delayed transit.
I will be sharing some of the photos from walking along with the Jungle Haq Sangharsh Yatra, from 2011, over the next few days.
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