Monday, June 22, 2009

Gladson Dungdung: a voice of tribal unrest

Gladson Dungdung is a Human Rights Activist and Writer. He is the author of a book "Ulgulan Ka Sauda". He comes from the Indigenous community of Jharkhand. His family was displaced during the construction of Kelaghagh Dam situated at Simdega and his parents were brutally murdered in 1990 when he was only 12 years old therefore he had to undergo through a long struggle. Finally, he was able to complete the Post Graduate in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi and 18 months Internship Programme in Public Advocacy from the National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune.

He is associated with the various organizations, campaigns and movements in India including Jharkhand Indigenous People's Forum, CREJ Jan Mukti Andolan, Visthapan Virodhi Ekta Manch, Save the Forest Movement, Land Rights Campaign of Ekta Parishad, and Campaign against Torture of People's Watch. He has under taken the Fact Finding Mission of 450 cases of Police Atrocities and Human Rights violation. He has trained 2000 professionals on Human Rights including Police Officers, Lawyers, Journalists, Teachers, Doctors, Psychiatrists, Elected Representatives and Social Activists.

Gladson has written extensively on the issues of Indigenous' Rights, Human Rights and Communalism including a research paper on the 'impact of the Forest Policies on Adivasis of Orissa'. His areas of interest include Indigenous' rights, advocacy, human rights, policy formation & implementation and strategic planning & campaign. He is the founder Secretary of 'Navjeevan Foundation', an organisation works with abandoned children, tribals, dalits, women and rickshaw-pullers in Jharkhand.

He writes regularly for the Daily Newspapers, Weeklies and Journals on the issues of indigenous people's rights, human rights and social change. He is a regular contributor to the Verdict, the Tehelka,,,,,, (English) and Hindustand, Jharkhand Express and Tarang Bharti (Hindi). His articles are also carried out by the leading News papers of Jhakhand including Prabhat Khabar, Dainik Jagran, Ranchi Express and 7DAYS. He can be contacted at

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