//JCSA STATEMENT ON THE EMERGING SITUATION IN JHARKHAND

JCSA STATEMENT ON THE EMERGING SITUATION IN JHARKHAND

The recent developments in the state of Jharkhand are a cause of concern for every citizen of India. The democratic institutions and rule of law have collapsed in Jharkhand, resulting in efforts to amend Chotanagpur/Santal Pargana Tenancy (CNT/SPT) Acts meant to protect tribal land, initiation of laws which alienate tribals from their natural and other resources, causing ecological damage, continual deprivation of tribal communities of their religious code, infringement of the rights of minorities by promulgating anti-conversion law, threat to the life and property of civil society groups, mob lynchings, vandalization of educational institutions, and criminals with political patronage acting with impunity.

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The author is the former Provincial of Calcutta Province and former President of the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (POSA).