THE LANGUAGE OF PROGRESS AND ASSERTION OF SELF-DIGNITY : Of land and its people in the quagmire of National progress. Orissa, India
"Over our dead bodies," a Kondh leader told me during one of my visits to the region. However, filing of rights and claiming their dutiful right to the land is going slow at the moment; confusion reigns as people grapple with how they should file the claims. The long and slow struggle against the corporations (and the government) is adversely hampering the movement and villages are also divided into camps. It seems, the process of land acquisition will not be so easy after all.