||It has been suggested that Lingaraj (social activist) be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since April 2014.|
Lingaraj Azad speaking in a meeting
|Born||22 June 1962
|Education||Matriculation (11th class)|
|Occupation||Social Service, Tribal and Environmental Activist|
|Organization||Adivasi, Kondha, Niyamgiri Surakhya Samiti, Samajwadi Jan Parishad|
|Known for||Fight for the environment and tribals of Niyamgiri Mountains, Kalahandi, Kashipur in Orissa|
|Samajwadi Jan Parishad|
|Movement||Kashipur Movement, Niyamgiri Movement,|
|Parents||Mr. Khageswar Bag, Mrs. Garna Dei|
Lingaraj Azad, popular as Azad Bhai, is an indigenous tribal activist from the Indian state of Orissa. He became notable for his activism in opposing Vedanta Resources's bauxite refinery in Lanjigarh and mining of Niyamgiri Hills that tribal activist say would displace thirty(30) villages of Dongria Kondhs (Mountain Tribals) on top of the mountains.
Western Orissa is rich in natural resources and many government and private companies have appropriated land to build number of natural resources extracting factories. Due to lack of official documentation of the Tribals and repressed class people's community rights on the forests, mountains, rivers and land they have been unable to claim their rights on community properties.
Anil Agarwal set up one of the world's biggest Aluminium smelter plants in the area with bauxite Refinery at Lanjigarh at the foothills of Niyamgiri Mountains. Azad and his organization Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti (Association for the Safeguard of Niyamgiri Hills) - says apart from causing massive displacement, the project will destroy the forests in the area. It will also have an impact on the water sources and ecosystems, thereby threatening the environment and the very source of sustenance for indigenous peoples, it says
We will not give an inch of our mountain.
. Anil Aggarwal's Vedanta on its part says that it does not want to grab local peoples land as is willing to negotiate with all stake holders. But Azad counters that the subsistence tribal communities will not survive the alienation from their native land and they cannot be compensated for such a loss.
He has been jailed multiple times on false cases being slapped on him due to his active involvement in the environmental movement.
Also he participated in the "yatra" (awareness campaign) conducted by NAPM from Mumbai to Delhi against proposed mega-industrial corridor in 2013.
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- Kondha Tribals of Niyamgiri