Uphold the dignity of the Adivasis (Indigenous People) of India.
To, Mr. Richard Attenborough, The Hon’ble President, The Gandhi Foundation, Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bromley-by-Bow, London (UK). Re: Requesting to protect the Culture, Identity and Autonomy, and uphold the dignity of the Adivasis (Indigenous People) of India. Dear Sir, Greetings from India! We hope you are fine. We came to know from the website (www.gandhifoundation.org) of your esteemed international organization the Gandhi Foundation that the foundation has decided to give the Gandhi Foundation “International Peace Award 2011” to the Adivasis (the Indigenous People) of India, which is indeed a welcome step. The award ceremony will be held on 9th November, 2011 at Amnesty International (UK) the Human Rights Action Centre, London. However, it is extreme painful to know that the foundation has also decided to give the award to renowned Doctor and Civil Rights Activist Dr. Binayak Sen ji and Shree Bulu Imam ji on behalf of the Adivasis of India. We have high respect for both of recipients. However, we would not like them to receive the award on behalf of the Adivasis of India. It’s an irony that though the award will be given to the Adivasis of India but the recipients are not the Adivasis, which directly means there are no capable Adivasis in India to receive the Award. We feel that this is a clear case of insult, humiliation and attack on culture, identity, autonomy, ethos and dignity of Adivasis of India by an international organization. This is also a crucial case of how the Adivasis are being neglected even today though there are number of renowned leaders like Mrs. Munni Hansada, Mr. Soma Guria, Mrs. Dayamani Barla, Mrs. C.K. Janu, Padamshree Tulsi Munda and so many others in India, who have won the fights against big corporate giants and also did lots of work for promotion and protection of the Adivasis’ tradition, culture, dignity, autonomy and livelihoods. Therefore, we humbly request you that if you are really willing to give the ‘International Gandhi Peace Award 2011’ to the Adivasis of India then you must give the award to the Adivasi recipients and not the non-Adivasis. However, if you want to recognize the precious contribution of Dr. Binayak Sen and Shree Bulu Imam to the society then you must change the title of the award and honor them, we would highly appreciate you for it. Therefore, we repeat that we have high regards for Dr. Binayak Sen Ji and Shree Bulu Imam Ji. However, we would not like to see them receiving the Award on behalf of the Adivasis of India. We believe that you’ll change your decision for the protection of the Adivasi’s identity, culture, autonomy, and ethos and uphold the dignity of the Adivasis of India. Thanking you. With kind regards Gladson Dungdung, Sunil Minj, Barkha Lakra, Sushil Barla, Joy Tuddu, Sudeep Tigga and Dayal Kujur, Jharkhand Human Rights Movement, Ranchi (Jharkhand) Jerome G. Kujur, Rakesh Roshan Kiro, Prabha Lakra, Xavier Kujur, Anju Kujur Jharkhand Indigenous People’s Forum, Ranchi ( Jharkhand). WE SUPPORT FELLING EXPRESS BY TRIBAL ACTIVISTS.