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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
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Land rights movements by the indigenous people of the world


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: from 30 Aug 11:00 to 31 Aug 11:45


Room 3.46

The indigenous communities world over have staged resistance movements against the encroachment of their territories be it for industrialization/ mining or spread of Agro-business/ aqua-firming. By now the struggle of the indigenous people against state and the agents of capital for defending their sacred landscapes, livelihood and culture) is a global phenomenon. The entire Latin America has witnessed resistance movements by the indigenous people; worth mentioning are those in states like, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico. No exception is North America. Note worthy are the protests by the indigenous people, e,g, in Quebec, Canada 1970s onward against Hydro-project and globalization, in Brazil the Pataxo tribe in Roraima state, Guarani Kaiowa people in the state of Mato grasso do sul, and the Munduruku tribe in the Amazon belt, in Mexico the Totonacs tribe of Veracruz province against the an Oil MNC, during 1980-90s in Taiwan’s Li-Shan area of Taichung county in alliance with ATA, during the 1990s with alliances like AMAN.1 and AMA Kalbar in Indonesia, during 1990s in the Sarwak province of Malaysia against the Borneo hydro projects, and 1990s onward at Lanjigarh and Kashipur in Indian state Odisha against Aluminium MNCs. Thus the panel aims to articulate; (1) the diverse/ unique nature of these movements, (2) the roles of international/ national organizations/ associations/ alliances/ federations in fostering these movements and (3) a global perspective of these movements in the light of debates on Ecosystem vrs Development and rights of the Developed vrs rights of the under-developed over natural resources.


  • 30 Aug 11:00 - 12:45 P 80.1
  • 30 Aug 13:45 - 15:30 P 80.2
  • 31 Aug 10:00 - 11:45 P 80.3

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The demand for semi-autonomous states by different ethnic and indigenous peoples in Nepal rose especially after the end of civil war and the declaration of federal republic in 2007. However, the movement demanding federalism based on ethnic and indigenous identities was virtually defeated when, in 2015, the new constitution was promulgated with the boundaries of federal states drawn in such a way ... More
Presented by Dr. Tatsuro FUJIKURA on 30/8/2019 at 11:40
This paper explores patterns of black land ownership in the Western Cape towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl, at the center of the South African wine industry. Twenty-five years since the end of apartheid, few black South Africans have been able to secure farmland through purchase or restitution. During constitutional negotiations leading up to the first all-race national elections in 1994, white comm ... More
Presented by Dr. Betty HARRIS on 30/8/2019 at 14:05
The counterinsurgency operation in Chhattisgarh in 2005 was a planned programme, to combat the Maoist insurgency in the region. Though the State had alternatives set for in Chhattisgarh, it had no rehabilitation plans for those who did not wish to stay in the make-shift camps, be it for those who wanted to return to the village or for those who wanted to escape the current scheme of violence. The ... More
Presented by VANI XAXA on 30/8/2019 at 11:45
Uttarakhand, the land of Chipko movement has been known for its resistance towards the unsustainable practices of development. There has been popular resistances to development measures by the local indigenous people for equitable utilization of natural resources. The ‘British Raj’ witnessed a few movements against their forestry laws, in the form of Forest Satyagrahas, similar to module of ci ... More
Presented by Arunima K on 30/8/2019 at 12:45
Development-induced displacement in India for long has remained a bone of contention. Between 1951 and 1990, 21.3 million people in India are displaced due to development projects, out of which 40% are indigenous people. As a consequence, there emerged several land rights movement in India such as Singur of West Bengal, Kalinga Nagar of Odisha, etc. The purpose of this paper is to explicate the di ... More
Presented by Dr. Akhaya Kumar NAYAK on 31/8/2019 at 11:00
This paper aims to present a broad panorama of the indigenous territorial struggles that are taking place in Mexico against the mining extractive model that has been in place for two decades. From a perspective of accumulation by dispossession (Harvey, 2004) I will give an overview of the quantitative dimensions of the dispossession of indigenous territories. I will discuss the turn of the Mexican ... More
Presented by Dr. Laura VALLADARES on 30/8/2019 at 11:00
Contestation and conflict over natural resources reflect on the competing needs of two or more groups. The one resistant to and the other accommodative of changes. These movements not only depict the processes involved in attempting to disconnect nature and society, but also, the ability of the resisting groups. In this paper I will examine one such resisting group the Dongria Kond, a tribal group ... More
Presented by Dr. ARCHANA PATNAIK on 30/8/2019 at 12:00
Land is the natural source of nature which plays a significant role for the socio-cultural and economic life of the people in the society. It also remains a powerful source from where people derive their political power, social status and dominance. In Khasi society land is considered as pivotal entity. The land ‘Ri’ plays a significant role in the life of Khasi community shaping their social ... More
Presented by Dr. BISWAMBHAR PANDA on 30/8/2019 at 9:20
Forests remained home to millions of people, including many scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers. Nearly 250 million people live in and around forests in India, of which the estimated indigenous Adivasi or tribal population stands at about 100 million however, their forest rights were rarely recognized. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognitin of For ... More
Presented by Dr. Saroj ARORA on 31/8/2019 at 10:40
In an attempt to harness economic growth and accelerate social transformation, India has adopted structural adjustment programmes and liberalized its economy. Such development discourse have largely been ignorant of environmental and social concerns as reflected from the agitation of Hasdeo Arand region in Chhattisgarh, India. This tribal dominated region has rich coal reserves and abundance of bi ... More
Presented by Dr. Anirban MUKHERJEE on 31/8/2019 at 10:00
Niyamgiri is a site of land struggle by Primitive tribal community i.e. Kondh , as the Vedanta Aluminium Company has set up its industry at the foot hills of Niyamgiri mountain. It is an elongated series of mountain range spreading across the Kalahandi and Raygada districts of Eastern state of India, i.e Odisha. Niyamgiri mountain range is the home to indigenous communities and their livelihood, c ... More
Presented by Dr. Sipra SAGARIKA on 30/8/2019 at 14:25
Issues of Development Induced Displacement (DID) has emerged as vital point in the contemporary world of development as various ongoing developmental projects are causing large scale displacements. Indian cases are of no exceptions. The Project Affected Population (PAP) mostly indigenous people are uprooted from their age-old habitats. It evicts them out of their natural habitat (with psycho-spiri ... More
Presented by Dr. BINAY KUMAR PATTNAIK on 31/8/2019 at 10:20
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