The South Asian Life & Times - SALT   
  Spring 2014          



 Spring 2014


Editor's Note

 Arctic to Antarctic
 - Overland

  Great Himalaya Trail 

India Art Fair 2014

 Nirav Modi 

 Magic of Sorcars

 Tino Sehgal

  Nina Davuluri

 Ravindra Salve

 Threatened Tribes

 Tribal Victories 2013

 - Dongria Kondh

 - Jarawas

 - Soliga

 Indian Painting


 And the Mountains

 A God in Every Stone

 Beloved Strangers

 I Am Malala 












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Tribal Triumphs 2013

‘The Indian government is beginning to realize that tribal peoples are the best conservationists, by far. If only the rest of the world could catch on. Evicting tribespeople from their ancestral land in the name of ‘conservation’ is not only illegal and destroys them, it also spells disaster for the local environment and wildlife.’ - Stephen Corry, Director, Survival

For centuries, governments and corporations have threatened the survival of the world’s tribal peoples, who have not only had their lands taken away but also suffered violence and oppression.

But things are changing...  law is finally catching up and providing tribal people the tools to fight back. The exploitation and mistreatment of tribal peoples now makes worldwide headlines and consequently gathers global attention and support for their rights.  In India, the Supreme Court ordered unprecedented community consultations with the Dongria Kondh over an open-pit bauxite mine on their land. All villages overwhelmingly rejected plans by the British mining giant Vedanta Resources in their sacred Niyamgiri Hills. “The Dongria Kondh tribe’s sacred mountain was saved from a British mining company after a worldwide outcry; their story was compared to the fictional Na’vi in the Hollywood blockbuster Avatar.”

The foremost challenge the tribal people face in the 21st century is other people’s ideas of what ‘progress’ must be.

However, the past year brought a few occasions to celebrate minor tribal triumphs.


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