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    Illegal bungalows: Did you know of Arundhati Roy’s bungalow on illegally grabbed fore


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    Satyamev Jayate…
    Illegal bungalows: Did you know of Arundhati Roy’s bungalow on illegally grabbed forest land?

    So Shahrukh Khan’s vacation home in Alibaug has been ruled as “Benami property” and attached by the Income Tax Department. It is not hard to see what comes next : some statements on rising intolerance, Bollywood moralizers coming together to protect their own, etc. Then, some small aspiring celebrity gets trolled for speaking in favor of benami property and next thing you know, everything is again the fault of the ‘Bhakts’. Well travelled path.

    Usi ka shehar, Wahi Khuda, wanhi ke gawah.
    Mujhe yakeen tha Gunaah mera hi niklega.

    But this thing about bungalows reminds me of a story. A story from the pristine Panchmarhi hills of Madhya Pradesh. Where the sun shines bright, where the sky is a wonderful blue, where the animals of the land lead their lives undisturbed in the virgin forest.

    Then, one day in the early 1990s, this virgin forest has a visitor. A visitor who sees this lush green forest and falls in love with it. And decides that he must have it to himself. He must grab a piece of this virgin forest, solely for himself, get everyone else out of there and make it his vacation home.

    Who is this visitor? Some Brahmanical colonizer from the RSS? Well, not exactly.

    This visitor has made his fortune out of sensitising city dwellers and rich foreign audiences about the importance of the environment and protection of tribals. His films have made him wealthy and he purchases the land without difficulty. A few years later, he marries into his own intellectual caste, another firebrand author, writer, activist who stubbornly opposes the Brahmanical Indian state taking the forests away from the tribals of the heartland.

    The happy couple who love their vacation home in the forest? Pradeep Kishen and Arundhati Roy.
    Read more at: http://www.opindia.com/2018/02/illeg...d-forest-land/

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