People’s Voice

A Voice Of The Indigenous People

Gladson Dungdung in CNN-IBN Studio
Gladson Dungdung in CNN-IBN Studio

Gladson Dungdung is a Human Rights Activist, Writer and Motivator. He is the author of a book “Ulgulan Ka Sauda” (the book is all about how the Corporate Houses trick the Adivasis for acquiring their land in Jharkhand). He comes from the Indigenous community of Jharkhand. His family was displaced without rehabilitation during the construction of Kelaghagh Dam situated at Simdega district. His parents were brutally murdered in a land dispute in 1990 when he was merely 12 years old. Consequently, he had to undergo through a long struggle.

He studied under the tree in a Government school and completed matriculation but unable to get admission in college due to lack of admission fee as Rs.250 and lost two valuable years of study. Finally, he got a part time social service job at the salary of Rs.500 per month in November 2005, where he resumed his studies and completed the graduation. He also successfully completed the Post Graduate Programme in Human Rights from IIHR, New Delhi and 18 months Internship Programme in Public Advocacy from the National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune.

He worked as a State Programme Officer on the European Union supported programme “National Project on Preventing Torture in India” implemented by the “People’s Watch” a pioneer Human Rights Organization of India, for two years. He has undertaken the Fact Findings of 450 cases of Police Atrocities and Human Rights violation. He has trained 2000 professionals on Human Rights including Police Officers, Lawyers, Journalists, Teachers, Doctors, Psychiatrists, Elected Representatives and Social Activists.

He has done a research on the impact of forest policies on the Adivasis of Orissa and also written more than 200 articles (in Hindi and English) on the issues of Indigenous rights, displacement, Human Rights, land alienation and social change published by various leading dailies, weeklies and web portals. His areas of interest include Indigenous’ rights, advocacy, human rights, policy formation & implementation and strategic planning & campaign. He is the founder Secretary of the ‘Navjeevan Foundation’, an organization works with Children, Adivasi, Dalits, Women and Rickshaw-pullers in Jharkhand.

He writes regularly for the Daily Newspapers, Weeklies and Journals on the issues of indigenous people’s rights, human rights and social change. He is a regular contributor to the Verdict, the Tehelka,,,,,, (English) and Hindustand, Jharkhand Express and Tarang Bharti (Hindi). His articles are also carried out by the leading News papers of Jhakhand including Prabhat Khabar, Dainik Jagran and Ranchi Express.

Presently, he is the convener of the Jharkhand Indigenous Peoples Forum. He is also associated with the various organizations, campaigns and movements in India including the people’s movement against displacement in Jharkhand led by the Visthapan Virodhi Ekta Manch, CREJ Jan Mukti Andolan, Save the Forest Movement, Land Rights Campaign of Ekta Parishad, and Campaign against Torture of People’s Watch. He can be reached at or

18 thoughts on “People’s Voice”

  1. Dear Gladsonji,

    Just I have read your profile and life history.

    I want to say you about myself. I belong to poor family from “Ho” community of West Singhbhum (Jharkhand), Chaibasa. I have a dweling house at Noamundi Town. At present I am in service (25 yrs.completed) in Indian Oil Corpn. Ltd, & posted in Head Quarter, New Delhi. I am a Commerce Graduate and I have done Post Gradduate Diploma in Personal Management through correspondence course from NIPM, Kolkata. I am keen to work for our people in Jharkhand. After getting retired from service I want to devote myself for poor people who are suffering without reason in our region .

    Mahendra Purty
    New Delhi


  2. Gladson,

    I with few of my friends who have real feelings for those who have been marginalised , would love to form a pressure group….
    Its not about getting self publicity, or funds, or fame…like most of the activitists fall in the middle course.
    Can you name some ..people, who are much above personal gains….but mind you my views are very clear….its for all those who are not getting chance….not only Adivasis….may be most of the Adivasis are marginalised, but I dont like when people like Shibu Soren, Suraj Mandal , Bandhu Tirki, or so many others who have accumulated crores, talk about the welfare and progress of Adivasis.
    We would love to be a part of group, which sincerely work for the people who dont have real freedom……and cant even think about their rights…

    1. RP Shahhi,
      It is very unfortunate that people are still unaware of the personalities like Babulal Marandi, Stephan Marandi, Lt. N.E. Horo , Lt. Jaipal Singh..etc who are leaders who are much above their personal gain.

      Be clear that Shri Gladson is talking about only adivasis. If you are one of us then join us. Please educate yourself about the history of jharkhand and the tribal leaders before putting any comments.

  3. I dont normally comment on blogs, but your post, People’s Voice « JHARKHAND MIRROR , was well written and made me want to read more of your work. Well done and keep it up.

  4. thank you for your assam report over plight of jharkhandi adivashis in assam . since last 20 years assam have congress govt and congress govt is responsible for sitution in assam.
    assam have 30% population is illegal bangladesi muslims migrants.congress govt. give benifits and seltor to illegal bangladesi muslims and targeting the jharkhandi tribles.
    central still not give ST status for jharkhandi adavashi in assam. why jharkhandi media is silent over this issue.

  5. dear gladson ,
    i think we should publish news papers where most coverage by adivasis problem and should be mandetory for all adivsis family.because most of the cases like prabhat khabar and others are anti adivasis biased news papers i ever seen.gladson pls initiate.

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  8. I Dont understand why do media does not cover any event of Tribal People either it be the Happy or Sad Moment, like Jharkhandi Girl’s Spain FootBall Performance..

  9. dear,
    Gladson i am belong to simdega vill belghar po jokbhar
    i wanted to know about development in simdega there is no development of tribal people
    pls you have to do somthing about tribal people thanks/regard nuta pramod kerketta

  10. Hi ,
    I want to ask government why they r quit against women’s as they are getting screwed by rape’s, every month we listen to some or the other cases like rape mostly in India, bring a law of death against the rapist case or shoot them there itself, we want this law to come in India as no man will dare to rape against any women.
    What is the use u catch the suspect an keep in jail feed them after some days they ill be out with bail, but after they come out they become more violent against women on the road they talk cheap to women s. you people says don’t support crime come an give complain but what is the use they pay some money again they come out and do same things again.
    I feel scare to give police complain against that men because they give money and come out an they say what did this police do to me.
    If i women get rape she don’t have life because no one come ahead to marry her, and family and neighbor torches her on that.
    She is end over there.

    Please give death to rapist just that time only don’t take too much of time to hang them because they don’t have worth to stay on this earth.

    I request Modi sir to remove this law’s.

    Because we respect an honor you and gave vote to you so that you will give secure life to girls in India.

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