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India: How Best To Ensure Adivasis' Land, Forest And Mineral Rights?

India: How Best To Ensure Adivasis’ Land, Forest And Mineral Rights?

Felix Padel, 2012

Traditionally, Adivasis have lived for centuries in resource-rich regions, with a resulting high level of food security combined with in-built cultural restraints against taking too much from their environment. Increasingly rapid invasions and dispossessions of Adivasi lands and forests have seriously undermined their food security to the extent that as many as half their population are now living in a state of chronic malnourishment. A key reason is that the minerals under Adivasi lands, forests and mountains have become objects of primary desire for the world’s mining companies and metals traders.

IDS Bulletin; 43(s1): 49 – 57