Years of stigmatisation and harassment have pushed members of the Pardhi and other Adivasi communities in Bhopal to come together and protest police impunity.
“If the government gives us some land where we can move and build shanties, we will leave. But otherwise, we will continue to live here.”
Director Dakxin Chhara Bajrange, in Sameer, chooses to tell a story that is ostensibly not his to tell – one about anti-Muslim violence.
On August 31, celebrated as an ‘independence day’ by many nomadic and denotified tribes, an organisation brought people together to raise demands for a better life.
The National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-nomadic Tribes has submitted its interim recommendations to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with a view to address the issues plaguing the community.
Almost 70 years after Indian independence, tribes once classed as criminals are still fighting for their freedom.
Members of nomadic and denotified tribes are required to produce address proof from 1961 to obtain a caste certificates, without which they cannot avail the benefits of government schemes.
An age-old prejudice is being kept alive by Kiran Bedi’s stigmatising of Denotified Tribes.