Pathalgadis reject the law of the land as well as government rights over their forests and rivers. As part of the movement, Pathalgadis erect a stone plaque or signboard outside the village, declaring it sovereign territory and prohibiting entry of outsiders.
Traditionally limited to their households, women, for the first time in Wasseypur, have taken to the forefront of protests, holding demonstrations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Speaking to reporters in Dumka on Wednesday, Shibu Soren said, “There will be a change in the ‘Sthaniya Niti’ (domicile policy) in Jharkhand. The 1932 Khatiyan (proof of land document) should be made the cut-off year to frame Sthaniya Niti.”
At a cabinet meeting, Soren also directed that necessary posts be created for judicial officers in these special courts in every district. He also ordered the creation of additional 154 posts for the functioning of these 22 courts.
In a statement issued by Jharkhand BJP spokesperson Pratul Shadeo, the party said, “We strongly oppose the same order against the people who were the masterminds, conspirators who misled people regarding Pathalgadi and protested against India and its Constitution.”
While the Pathalgadi movement petered out, many villagers had alleged “police brutality”. A total of 19 cases of sedition, among others, were registered against 172 people. All cases have been taken back.
There are serious issues that need to be redressed, such as jobs and education. People felt that the BJP government did not pay heed to their problems, and we have been elected to cater to those problems, says Hemant Soren.