Day 30 (Part 1): ‘The first thing the government did was take away all the computers’

Sheen and Radhakrishnan visited us early in the morning. They suggested that we make a trip to the Attapadi Hills Area Development Society (AHADS) quarters since it has been instrumental in augmenting the lives of tribal families for years. Considered by the State Government to implement the Attapadi Wasteland Comprehensive Environmental Conservation Project, the society’s […]

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Day 29 (part 1): Throughout history, tribes were portrayed as savages

Last night, we discussed everything we had learnt about the situation in Attapadi so far. Having understood both the tribal and government side of the story, we were now able to draw conclusions on how alienation of land propagated social exclusion that eventually led to abject poverty and absolute dissolution of tribal demography. While displacement […]

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Day 28 (Final Part): ‘Only a matter of time before the entire hamlet is abandoned’

We walked through the steep descent as paths precariously trailed through dense forests. The air was damp and the mountain spirits swayed to the rhythm of trees and its life forms. Below the rising leaflets, our eyes fell on the myriad roofs peeking through the hills. Amidst caliginous skies that threatened to erupt, Dhanya stayed […]

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