Important initiatives by HUL during past months:

i. THE ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE PROGRAMME
Pajhra organized the well thought-out One billion rising for justice programme at Trimurty Bhawan, Dhekiajuli on 14th February 2014. Women from nearby tea gardens and villages participated in the one day programme to fight against violence on women and to demand for justice. Mr. Raj Kumar Toppo, regional officer, Andheri Trust and Ms. Sukti Dhital of Nazdeek addressed the gathering during the event. Several women from among the tea workers shared about the violence they face at workplace and at home.
PHOTOS

ii. THE TWO-DAY SEMINAR TITLED RESPONDING TO THE MAOIST SPREAD IN INDIA’S NORTHEAST HELD ON 3RD & 4TH FEB’14 .
Barnabas Kindo, Secretary, PAJHRA participated in the seminar and pointed out four core factors behind the ‘high possibility’ of a Maoist influence among the Adivasis of Assam: i) Underdevelopment and deprivation ii) Injustice and exploitation iii) Social exclusion and indifference and iv) Land alienation. The above, he suggested, could be resolved through widespread, sustainable and all-round development policies and a mechanism to get in touch with the Adivasi organizations while implementing such developmental plans and strategies.PHOTOS

iii. TWO DAYS TRAINING ON GENDER IN EMERGENCIES
was held in Guwahti organized by Oxfam India. Sonia Samad, Documentation Incharge and Salim Minz, District Coordinator, Kokrajhar participated in the training program with resource person Ms. Chaman Pincha, an independent Gender & DRR consultant. The participants in the training programme discussed the issues faced by them at the grassroot levels formulating the necessary needs and action plans to eradicate gender issues.PHOTOS

iv. HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH TRAINING
on using Existing Mechanism
to address Human Rights Violations was held from 18th and 20th of Feb 2014, at ACRTC, Sapoi Bhutia Ali, Dhekiajuli, Sonitpur, Assam.PHOTOS

v. TWO- DAY ALL STAFF MEETING WAS HELD on 20th and 21st of Feb 2014, at ACRTC, Dhekiajuli.
The staff from the districts and head office shared on the achievements they had accomplished during past 3 months and also discussed on the challenges and difficulties. They chalked out the quarterly plans for their respective areas.PHOTOS

vi. KHARIA WRITERS WORKSHOP WAS ORGANIZED
by Language and Cultural Cell, PAJHRA
from 4th-8th February 2014. 7 f o l k s t o -r i e s were written by kharia old men and women with 2 f e s t i v a l s : Bandai and Karam, 11 customary laws, 3 rituals and 5 songs.PHOTOS

Our journey towards a Rightful Life

Hul is a Santhali term meaning ‘revolution’ or movement for liberation. In 1855, four Murmu brothers Sidu Murmu, Kanuh Murmu, Chand Murmu and Bhairo Murmu of the present day Jharkhand revolted against the oppressive and exploitative regime of the British and its agents and defied its policies. They mobilized and motivated the people to oppose the unscrupulous system of tribal land grabbing and exploitation of tribals. This struggle is known as Santhal rebellion or Hul.

For the present Assam Adivasis, Hul is a silent movement to bring about systematic change in attitude, social, cultural, political, economic and education status of the Adivasi community through a process of awareness, education, leadership building and democratic people’s processes. PAJHRA is facilitating to bring about this change in the community through the members of Hul.

 

Hul, a membership based initiative

Hul is a membership based people’s initiative of the Adivasis of Assam. It has a membership of individuals of the community, mostly of farmers and tea garden workers, who are above 18 years of age. As of date it has a membership of around 3500 in three districts of Golaghat, Sonitpur and Kokrajhar covering a population of around 30000 in 5 development blocks.

The Tola Hul (the primary unit of Hul) is formed at the Tolas (cluster of huts). In the tea garden lines, the Tolas are formed as per the population pattern and spread of houses. There are 40 – 50 members in one Tola. A Tola Hul has two representatives, one male and one female. It is mandatory for each of the Tolas to have such representation. The idea is to promote women representation and leadership at all levels. There is no committee at this level. The Tola Huls federate into Gaon Hul in village or Lain Hul in Tea Gardens. The Tola Hul representatives from the executive committee of Gaon and Lain Hul. The gaon and Lain Hul federate into Bolok Hul which in turn federate in Jila Hul.

 

Vision

Hul visualises “An empowered, self reliant and dignified, culturally vibrant Adivasi society having its rightful place in Assam.”

Mission

“To build a confident, literate Adivasi society which will ensure ownership of land, access to livelihood opportunities and freedom from all forms of exploitation ensuring equal participation and leadership of women.”

Areas of Action

The thrust area of Hul are:
i. Training and capacity building of members.
ii. Adivasi farmers’/ Tea Garden workers’ /members’ right to life, education, health and expression.
iii. Land.
iv. Gender Issues.
v. Economic Justice.
vi. Human Rights violations.
vii. Child Rights.
viii. Preservation and Promotion of Culture.
ix. Human Trafficking.
x. Networking and Advocacy.

 

Activities of Hul

a. Forming Tola Hul and Gaon or Lain Huls in the villages and Tea Gardens.
b. Creating awareness on different government schemes and provisioning and building their capacity and self confidence to approach different offices and obtaining them.
c. Linking the Hul members with government offices and other institutions.
d. Building up the capacity of Tola Hul leaders, particularly of women through different trainings and exposure to government line departments and government institutions.
e. Membership drive into Hul.
f. Creating awareness and taking steps to develop the socio-economic, political, cultural and educational status of the community.
g. Taking up cases of rights violations.
h. Land registration of families.

Abbreviations:

MM = Male Member
FM =Female Member
TH =Tola Hul
GH =Gaon(Village) Hul
LH =Lain (line) Hul
BH = Bolok (block)Hul
JH =Jila (District) Hul