//Tribal torture caught on film

Tribal torture caught on film

Ranchi, April 25: A documentary on tribals in Orissa was screened here today to depict the alleged inhuman treatment meted out to them over the centuries.

Titled Kalinga-Tata Land Mines and Adivasi, the film is about how the tribals were deprived of rights in their ancestral land, their struggle for survival and the alleged inhuman behaviour by Tata Steel to acquire tribal land.

Produced by the Brinda Institute of Research Study and Action (Birsa), the half-an-hour documentary begins with the reign of Asoka, who in order to conquer Kalinga, massacred innocent citizens more than 200 years ago.

The short film, screened at the HPDC auditorium, tries to bring out that the situation has not changed even today despite modernisation.

Set against the backdrop of the January 2 police firing at Kalinganagar in Orissa, the mass pyre and flames capturing the full screen with human cries on the background set the tone of the film.

The narrator put the relevant information of the massacre, in which 12 tribal villages were killed, along with the projection of the film directed by A.K. Panday.

The film, shot by Tirtha Raj, also showed interviews of the Asur tribes who have lost their age-old traditional method of extracting iron after Tata Steel set up their plant in the area.

The film supported the fact that the MoUs that have been signed by the Jharkhand government might bring in more such Kalinganagar massacres in the state in the name of development.

“Except the company concerned, neither the administration nor the tribal people have the licence to possess dynamite,” said Seerat Kashyap coordinator of Birsa.