The Hindu | August 13, 2002
Ravi Rebbapragada has been mobilising tribals to fight for their rights through Samata, a voluntary organisation. This small grass roots movement, started 15 years ago, has today emerged as a state and national level lobby and advocacy institution.
MY CHILDHOOD was spent in the hills of Andhra Pradesh. As the son of a forest officer, I had the privilege of living in the forests amidst wildlife and tribal people. I started my schooling in Anakapalli (Visakhapatnam district) and moved to Hyderabad a few years later. Subsequently I did my B. Com. From Bhadruka College, Hyderabad. Armed with a PG Diploma in Rural development from Madras Christian College, I ventured into the forests many years later to refresh my childhood memories of the hills. The barren hill slopes and the endless battles of the tribals with the Government, outside world and nature, shocked me and I realised how inadequate and ill-equipped my degree was. (more…)
HYDERABAD: The issue pertaining to the land acquired for setting up a steel plant by the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) in Nagarnar in the predominantly tribal district of Bastar in Chhattisgarh is snowballing into a controversy.
According to Rebbapragada Ravi, Executive Director of Samata, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in the field of tribal rights and environment for the past 17 years, around 50,000 villagers belonging to Nagarnar, Kasturi, Maganpur and Amanguda gathered in a grand assembly of gram sabhas on March 2 and 3 to oppose the land acquisition. (more…)
Outlook, 24 December 2001
After Ravi Rebbapragada finished his post-graduation from the Madras Christian College in 1985, he decided to go back to Chintapalli, a tribal village in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district. Childhood memories were too strong for him to stay away from a place where he grew up with his father who worked for the Indian Forest Service. But the return was not as pleasant as he had imagined. Ravi was horrified by what he found—the picturesque little village of his childhood had vanished to give way to a teeming town. What shocked him even more was the plight of the local tribals—having missed the “development” bus, they were totally marginalised, with not even one of them having found a decent job. (more…)
indiatogether.org | July 2001
Ravi Rebbapragada introduces a campaign to oppose the amendment of Schedule V of the Constitution of India
July 2001: The Fifth Schedule of the Indian Constitution that provides protection to the adivasi people living in the Scheduled Areas, is under imminent threat of being amended to allow the transfer of tribal lands to non-tribals and corporates. This move has serious economic and cultural implications to the 80 million tribals of the country. This report attempts to capture the sequence of recent events and concludes with an appeal for support. (more…)
The Hindu, June 16, 2001
HYDERABAD, JUNE 15. A Division Bench of the A.P. High Court, comprising Chief Justice Mr. Satyabrata Sinha and Mr. Justice S.R. Nayak, on Friday declared that there shall be no further construction of permanent structures on and near the Hussainsagar lake and its catchment area.
The Bench made it clear that any other activity would have to be taken up only after a clearance from the A.P. Pollution Control Board. The Bench was disposing of a writ petition filed by `Hyderabad Bachao’ and `Samata’, voluntary organisations, represented by Capt. J. Rama Rao and Mr. Ravi Rebbapragada respectively. The petitioners filed the writ petition complaining that the Tourism Department was going ahead with about 18 projects in and around the already endangered lake. (more…)
Business Standars Economy Bureau, Rediff.com, March 6, 2001
The controversy of tribal land being sold to non-tribals in the Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) privatisation deal remains unresolved. The controversy was raked up by Chhatisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and the workers union soon after the deal was announced.
The Chhatisgarh government had filed a petition in the high court, on the basis of the Samata (it is a non-governmental organisation) judgement of the Supreme Court, opposing the Balco divestment deal. The state government had stated that as the land on which the company’s Korba plant stands is ‘tribal land’, the Centre cannot transfer it to a private company. (more…)
The Hindu, July 26, 2000
Mrs. Bhanu Pragada is a social worker and an activist with the NGO Samata.
Social work? NGO?……….
These were alien words in my home that my family refused to acknowledge; they were soon to discover though that they hardly had a choice. Hailing from a background of a middle class family, these were dreams that were not meant to be dreamt. A cherished hope that I chose to make a reality.
An exposure to community work, visits to homes for the juvenile and jails while still in college through the NSS activities awakened the spirit of the indignant crusader in me. (more…)
Forest dependent survival strategies of tribal women: Implications for joint forest management in Andhra Pradesh, India
Gautam N. Yadama, Ph.D.
Bhanu R. Pragada
Ravi R. Pragada
Tan Lay Cheng
Patrick B. Durst
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Personal Website of R. Kannan
Given the above scenario, one of the most difficult tasks for a social activist is to find a lawyer with a vision who is able to see the bigger picture and be prepared to fight for it. This calls for activists to sensitize lawyers on an ongoing basis and not restrict this activity to the peculiarities of a specific case. Also there is a need to sensitize law students in order to build a body of public interest lawyers in this country. (more…)
M.S. Shankar, Outlook – April 06, 1998
Rankled by a PWG unit’s harassment, tribal women give Naxals a taste of their own medicine
IF there is a whiff of an agitation, can women be far behind, in Andhra Pradesh that is? In the recent past, the womenfolk have successfully organised themselves to launch a vigorous anti-arrack movement, forcing the state government to ban the sale of the brew. Now, they have declared war against one of the most dreaded Naxal outfits, the People’s War Group (PWG), in East Godavari district. If it was Rosamma in Dubagunta (Nellore) who spearheaded the prohibition drive and drove the then Congress government headed by Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy to ban liquor in 1982, it’s Bodeti Lakshmi of Peddamallapuram who has now stormed into the limelight with her bold initiative to teach a lesson or two to the PWG. (more…)