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Terror by Hunger

R.C. Verma (Author)
Synopsis In India, terror comes in various shapes and sizes. It may be by gun or hunger. Whether terror is by gun or by hunger, it always aims to convey the common messages of human misery and massacre. While gun kills hundreds of people with dramatic suddenness, endemic hunger quietly terminates many more lives. This book focuses on ‘terror by hunger’ among the tribals who are its worst victims due to persistent poverty, exploitation, corruption and bad governance. Looking back to the ‘tryst with tribal destiny’ since independence, they find betrayal of their trust in the administration of justice. The main factors responsible responsible for their pitiable plight include unabated land alternation, exploitation by money lenders, dismal post colonial development process, illusive implementation of the constitutional safeguards and denial of self rule in the scheduled areas. Despite legal and constitutional provisions for the protection and development of the members of the scheduled tribes as also their land in the scheduled areas, the tribal have lost more than 50% land and, now they are struggling for survival. The tribal are now disillusioned with the politics of ‘hollow promises’ of the politicians and hold bad governance responsible for their inpoverishment. They no longer want to treated as fodder for democracy. They demand justice, self respect, protection of human rights, enforcement of the constitutional guarantees, participation in the development process and full quota in all government posts in proportion to their population. They have declared their agenda and demand result oriented affirmative action without any political gimmicks.
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About the author

R.C. Verma

Shri R.C. Verma, born on 6th December, 1945, the author of this book, has earlier written another book title Indian Tribes Through the Ages which was first published in January, 1990 by the Publications Division of the Ministry of information and Broadcasting, Government of India. The book has received overwhelming response from the cross sections of the readers and has been ppublished in three more languages Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi by the Publications Division. Shri Verma joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1968 and served the Govt. with distinction in variety of positions both within and outside the Deptt. In 1993, he was awarded a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ by the Department of Justice, Government of the U.S.A. for his outstanding contributions in the Enforcement of Narcotic Drug Laws. In 1996, he was awarded the rare honour of the ‘President’s Certificate of Appreciation’ for Specially Distinguished Record of Service’ on the occasion of the Republic Day of India. Protesting against increasing influence of tax evaders over administration, corruption and bad governance which made it difficult for an honest officer to carry on his official functions fearlessly and honestly, he has now, therefore wought voluntary retirement from service, in order to serve the country more effectively for the cause of social-economic justice, protection of human rights, good governance and empowerment of the people.

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Bibliographic information

Title Terror by Hunger
Author R.C. Verma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8181500008
length 176p., Tables; Plates; Annexure; Bibliography; 23cm.