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The Struggle of the Kudubis

October 2008 the world of the Kudubis from Padavu near Mangalore, Karnataka, collapsed. With the help of police and goons the government dumped hundreds of truckloads mud on their fields. The Kudubi Adivasis together with local activists and city people resisted fiercely. One of them was Malapa.

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 Vanilla grows at the trunks of the trees.

Before the bulldozers came, it was a Farmers' Paradise here. More photos


 Harvesting coconuts.

Village Life  More photos


 Young priest offering.

Village Temples  More photos


 Truck loads of mud on the paddy fields.

Destruction for Special Economic Zone (SEZ)  More photos and article


 Nice houses, but no land. Now people have to buy everything on the market, what they got for free from their own garden earlier.

Some villagers got a new house in a brand new village. It is called a Rehabilitation Colony  More photos and articles


  At October 2008 the government put truckloads mud on farmers' fields and destroyed their crops.

Dumping Mud on Farmers' Fields  More photos and articles


 Before the dumping of the mud it was a village as beautiful as in a fairy tale.

Before Dumping Mud on Farmers' Fields  More photos and articles


 Villagers (women, men, and children) blocked the road together with activists from Mangalore and religious leaders.

Protest Against the Dumping of the Mud  More photos and articles


 A criminal, working for the constructor, attacked the visiting hindu leader and several tribals.

Attack of a Goon  More photos and articles


 Painters went to the villages, had discussions with farmers and made paintings.

Artists' Support  More photos and articles


 Villagers tell their story.

Protest Conference in the city of Mangalore. More photos and articles


 Time to plant out the paddy (rice).

Yekkaru will not leave  The villagers are well decided. More photos and articles

Last update: July 2015 - Photos: Krishi Bhoomi Samrakshana Samiti and Peasant Autonomy - Creative Commons