The state government had banned ‘The Adivasi Will Not Dance’ in August alleging that it portrayed the Santhal community in a bad light.
“The ban on The Adivasi Will Not Dance is not only deplorable in itself but also adds to a series of dangerous precedents of books being banned on flimsy grounds in India.”
If the people or government of Jharkhand disagree with Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s book, they should fight it with their own books and ideas, not with bans and burnings.
While the state government lost no time in banning a book on the grounds that it portrayed the Santhal women in a bad light, it has done little to solve the issues of unemployment and widespread hunger plaguing the community.
Author Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar had earlier said he was facing intense online abuse, and a group of Adivasis had taken out a protest against him, burning his effigy and books.
An Adivasi group in Jharkhand is planning to burn the author’s effigy tomorrow for his ‘negative’ portrayal of Santhal culture.
Shekhar, an acclaimed young writer from Jharkhand, says that the BJP’s new domicile policy in the state may pave the way for further anti-adivasi action.