For the Eastern Ghats

In these hills                                                              

there is stupendous green

tamarind trees

herbs

wild grasses

 

In these hills                                                   

there is inspiration

a wide sky

spontaneous waterfalls

heat soft to the skin

 

In these hills

there are villages

‘two houses or more make a village’

 

the British law said

(for the purpose of collecting revenue)

 

In these hills

there are steps of growth

from pulses to banana trees

twenty food varieties                                     

made possible by rich soil

and small canals branching waterfalls

 

In these hills

there are some train tracks

some roads

state tourism plans

bio-prospectors

attempted mines

 

In these hills

there are people

who’ve lived with these hills

from heights of time

before the revenue-villages of the British.

They are still living here

Let them live.

 

from breathing for breadth

(TSAR: 2005, p. 63)

*photos by Salimah Valiani

 

FOR MORE INFO ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ STRUGGLES IN SOUTH INDIA, VISIT THE SAMATA WEBSITE:

http://www.samataindia.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One response to “For the Eastern Ghats

  1. those hills are all over the world. and those prospective resources too. plus we all want and want, so resources are sought in those hills. to feed our want and their want those hills’ people will be displaced by collective greed.

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