AID Pittsburgh speaker series
Triangular war between the State, the Naxals, and the Adivasis
What: Talk by Himanshu Kumar - "Triangular war between the State, the Naxals, and the Adivasis"
Where: David Lawrence Hall 121
When: Friday, June 10, 2011 at 6.30 pm
Himanshu Kumar, a Gandhian human rights activist from Meerut, has been working in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh for the past 17 years, in the midst of an old triangular war between the State, the Naxals, and the Adivasis split from within by the infamous government-sponsored Salwa Judum. He is also the prime mover of Vanvasi Chetna Ashram (VCA), an organization that has been serving as a nerve-connection between Adivasis and an indifferent State. As the state-sponsored conflict flared up in Chhattisgarh, Himanshu Kumar was propelled into saving the very lives of the people. Caught between state terror and the violence being waged in the name of the people, Dantewada and other parts have been marred by murders, rapes, arson, torching of villages, abductions, detentions and other brutalities. Himanshu Kumar, VCA and a few others have been instrumental in bringing to light the brutalities unfolding in the hinterlands and boondocks of Chhattisgarh.
Himanshu Kumar addressing Tehelka conclave (Sample video of his Talk):
Who is Himanshu Kumar (A brief introduction):