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NATIONAL PROTEST CONVENTION AGAINST THE FIFTH SCHEDULE AMENDMENT, 8TH – 9TH JULY

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    Over a hundred tribal communities, networks and alliance of institutions and individuals, who relate intimately with the plight of adivasis, are reaching New
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 6, 2001
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      Over a hundred tribal communities, networks and alliance of
      institutions and individuals, who relate intimately with the plight
      of adivasis, are reaching New Delhi on the 8th of July 2001.

      Defying several odds and suffering several oddities, they are
      reaching the capital in the peak of the summer. Their mission is to
      articulate their plight in the spate of liberalised, de-regulated,
      inefficient economic development that is adversely affecting their
      lives and livelihoods. They will be here specifically to oppose any
      move to alter or dilute the provisions of the Fifth Schedule of the
      Constitution of India and demand strict adherence to those aspects
      that so far protects them.

      The National Protest convention wishes to record its total
      displeasure in the concerted efforts being made by the Executive to
      amend and dilute certain provisions in our constitution that weaken
      people's rights over the natural resources. The poor in our country
      know that this trend will lead to their further impoverishment and
      enrich already rich industries and its stakeholders.

      This dangerous move done in the name of globalisation,
      liberalisation, de-regulation, disinvestments and finally divestment
      will lead to fatal consequences as far as the lives of poor people
      are concerned. This has already been borne out by the experience of
      poor in other developing countries that have followed a similar path.

      We are concerned at the total lack of seriousness on the part of the
      Executive to protect the interests of the poorer sections of the
      society whose development has otherwise been advertised by them as
      their principal concern. In reality the fundamental provisions of the
      constitution as well as the clear directives of the Supreme Court
      that are favourable to the poor are being violated. The State,
      instead of being the custodian of the rights of the poor is colluding
      with other forces to violate their basic human rights.

      In fact, the President of India in his address to the nation
      articulated this concern on the Republic Day of 2001.

      This two-day protest convention will include:
      · A presentation of specific cases from all over the country;
      · A resolution for collective action and
      · A demonstration in front of the Office of the SC & ST
      Commission

      The convention is being held at
      Indian Social Institute, Lodi Road Institutional Area, New Delhi
      From 8:30 AM on 8th July 2001

      Venue of the Demonstration
      Opposite the SC & ST Commission, Loknayak Bhavan, New Delhi 3 to 5 PM
      on 9th July 2001

      Ravi Rebba Pragada
      National Protest Convention Against the Fifth Schedule Amendment
      F 10/12 Malviya Nagar,
      New Delhi
      Phone; 6680883, 6687724, Mobile: 9810345684
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