NATIONAL PROTEST CONVENTION AGAINST THE FIFTH SCHEDULE AMENDMENT, 8TH 9TH JULY
- 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
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,
Phone; 6680883, 6687724, Mobile: 9810345684