India – Spirit of Late Sr. Valsa lives among the Indigenous to fight for their rights

On the first death anniversary of Sr. Valsa John, allegedly murdered by mining mafia at Pachuara, Jharkhand-India on 15 November 2011, around 3,000 indigenous people from the villages, sat on a protest and blocked the transport of coal from the mines. Late Sr. Valsa had spent almost a decade mobilizing the people against their displacement and the company had agreed on a decent rehabilitation package, which became difficult after her murder. The present protest was spearheaded by Fr. Tom Kavalakatt SJ, the coordinator of Rajmahal Pahar Bachao Andolan. The day and night sit-in protest included children, women, and youth of the villages and also two strong political leaders, which boosted the bargaining power of the people. After 21 days of protest, the managing director of PANEM private mining company, came and signed an agreement with the Rajamahal Pahar Bachao Andolan members promising to implement the entire rehabilitation package. Read more…