Centre for World Environmental History

Gladson Dungdung

Gladson Dungdung is an independent researcher based in India. He comes from the ‘Kharia’ community, which is one of the aboriginal communities in India. He was a member of the visiting faculty for TISS/G-SET’s joint adventure for MSW students in Ranchi. He has a post-graduate degree in Human Rights from the Indian Institute of Human Rights, New Delhi and an internship in public advocacy from the National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune.

Gladson DungdungHe is associated with the ‘International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs’, Copenhagen (Denmark), ‘Adivasi Koordination’ Kasel (Germany) and the Gandhi Foundation in London (UK). He served as an honorary member of the ‘Assessment and Monitoring Authority’ under the Planning Commission of India (Govt. of India) from 2011 to 2013. He was awarded with the ‘Samta Ratna Award 2014’ by the Samta Parva Pratisthan, Yavatmal (Maharashtra). He is one of the globally recognized voices of India’s Indigenous Peoples and is particularly concerned with the impact of forest policies and mining on their environments.

Gladson Dungdung has been affiliated as a Senior Research Associate with the Centre for World Environmental History (Sussex University) since 2014. 


  1. ‘Endless Cry in the Red Corridor’, Prithivi Prakashan: New Delhi, 2017.
  2. ‘Mission Saranda : A War for Natural Resources in India’, Deshaj Prakashan: Ranchi, 2015.
  3. ‘Whose Country is it Anyway? An untold story of Indigenous Peoples of India’, Adivaani: Kolkata, 2013.
  4. ‘CNT/SPT Kanoono main Sansodhan Kyon? (Why CNT/SPT Acts were Amended?) Adivasi Samanvay Samity: Ranchi, 2017.
  5. ‘Jharkhand main Jamin ki Jung’ (War for land in Jharkhand), Adivasi Samanvay Samity: Ranchi, 2017.
  6. ‘Adivasi Samaj ki Dasha aur Disha (Situations and Directions of Adivasi Society) Adivasi Samanvay Samity: Ranchi, 2017.
  7. ‘Samvidhan ki Panchvi Anusuchi aur Adivasi Adhikar (Fifth Schedule of the Constitution and Adivasi rights), Adivasi Samanvay Samity: Ranchi, 2016.
  8.  ‘Hamare Gaon main Hamara Raj’ (Our rule in our village), Adivasi Samanvay Samity: Ranchi, 2016.
  9. ‘Supreme Court ke Faisle aur Adivasi Adhikar (Supreme Court’s Judgement and Adivasi rights), Adivasi Samanvay Samity: Ranchi, 2016.
  10. ‘Adivasi aur Vanadhikar’ (Adivasis and Forest Rights), Prithivi Prakashan: New Delhi in 2016.
  11. Gladson Dungdung and Sanjay Krison ‘Crossfire’, Adivaani: Kolkata, 2014.
  12. Sunil Minj and Gladson Dungdung ‘Jharkhand main Asmitha Sangharsh’ (Struggle for Identity in Jharkhand), Prithivi Prakashan: New Delhi, 2013.
  13. ‘Sunil Minj and Gladson Dungdung ‘Vikas Ke Kabragah’ (Graveyard of Development), Deshaj Prakashan: Ranchi, 2013.
  14.  ‘Jharkhand Human Rights Report 2001-2011’, Jharkhand Human Rights Movement: Ranchi, 2012.
  15. Sunil Minj and Gladson Dungdung (ed) ‘Nagri Ka Nagara’ (Movement against forceful land acquisition in Nagri), Deshaj Prakashan: Ranchi, 2012.
  16. ‘Ulgulan Ka Sauda (Trading the Revolution), Jharkhand Indigenous Peoples Forum: Ranchi, 2009.

Research Works:

  1. ‘Impact of forest policies on Adivasis of Orissa’ in 2004.
  2. ‘A paper on the Gujarat Riots’ in 2002.
  3.  ‘Tribal Self Governance in Jharkhand’ in 2006.  
  4. ‘The People’s Movement at Potka’ in 2010.
  5. ‘Police atrocities in operation green hunt’ in 2010. 
  6. ‘The status of Land in Jharkhand’ in 2006.

Published Papers:  

  1. ‘A Vision for Adivasis’ in 2017.
  2. ‘Development over Dead bodies’ in 2015.
  3. ‘Is Adivasi society based on violence’ in 2012.
  4. ‘Bound to Live with the Guns’ in 2010.
  5. ‘Adivasis’ Struggle against Displacement in Jharkhand’ in 2009.

Articles in English Newspapers and Magazines:  

  1. ‘Ask No Question’. Indian Express, May 16, 2016.
  2. ‘Land to Corporates in Jharkhand’. Indian Currents, 05th December, 2016, Volume XXVIII, Issue 49
  3. ‘CAMPA Bill’, Indian Currents, 15th August 2016, Volume XXVIII, Issue 33.
  4. ‘CAMPA: the return of British Raj to Forest’, Counter Currents, 17 August, 2016.
  5. ‘Judiciary, Politics and MSG-2’, Forward Press, November, 2015.
  6. ‘Need for a New Approach to Adivasi Development’, Indian Currents. 16 - 22 March, 2015.
  7. ‘Land Ordinance: A strategic loss to Modi Government’, Indian Currents. 02 - 08 March, 2015.
  8. ‘Can a tiger ever protect lambs?’ Forward Press, February, 2015.
  9. ‘Twenty Stiches for Drinking Water’, Forward Press, January, 2015.
  10. ‘Tehelka is the only voice of the Adivasis in New Delhi’, Tehelka Magazine, Volume 11 Issue 1, 11 January 2014

International Seminar/workshop:

  1. Participated in the International Seminar on Forests, Sacred Groves and the Environmental Heritage of India held in the Indian Museum, Kolkata on 30 March, 2017 jointly organized by BSI, Kew and CWEH, Sussex University, UK.
  2. Presented a paper on ‘Shrinking Space of Civil Society’ in the international conference held in Bad boll (Germany) on 1-2 October 2016.
  3. Presented a paper on "Indigenous Peoples Resistance for co-existence in Saranda Forest of India" and “A War for Natural Resources in India” in the international conference held in the University of Sussex, UK on 19-21 November, 2015.
  4. Presented a paper on the ‘Corporate Land Grab in India’ in the international conference held in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 30 October-1 November, 2014.
  5. Presented a paper on the ‘Adivasis’ rights in India’ in the "Academics and Activists International Forum" held in the University of Sussex, UK on 30-31 October, 2014.
  6. Presented a paper on ‘Adivasi issues, experiences and challenges’ in the international conference held in Chiang Mai (Thailand) on16-19 October, 2013.
  7. Presented a paper on the ‘Adivasis’ rights in India’ in the international conference held in Berlin (Germany) on 13-15 October, 2013.
  8. Delivered the first Birsa Munda Memorial Lecture at the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai on 15 November 2011.
  9. Delivered two lectures at the Jwahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi on the issue of Nagri Land Movement and Police atrocity in ‘Operation Green Hunt’ in 2013.
  10. Participated in the international Roundtable conference on “land and human rights” held in Delhi from 23 to 25th of June, 2009 organized by the Institute for Human Rights and Business, UK.