ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Orissa: Missing the Trees

Missing the Trees THE killing of a Roman Catholic priest is the latest incident in the recurring violence in the tribal parts of Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts of Orissa. Diagnosing these incidents to be a fall-out of the agenda of Hindu communal organisations or, conversely, retaliation against an international Christian conspiracy to proselytise the tribals only obscures the specificities of the problem that may turn out not to have the geographical spread attributed to it by both sides. Moreover, the effectiveness of the state machinery in using its powers of maintaining law and order and modulating interaction among communities and groups in tense situations needs to be addressed if conflicts arising out of sensitive developments such as religious conversions are to be dealt with.

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