This is true of the involuntary, forced and unlawful displacement of tribals from Dandakarayana Project resettlement area. Perhaps this is an unique case where large scale displacements have been done in a tribal dominated area to settle the refugees from East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh). The tribals were displaced with out any compensation/ rehabilitation. This paper highlights the R&R facilities given to refugees and injustice done to the displaced tribals of Dandakarayana area.
The Dandakarayana region covers 4 states of India e.g. Odisha, Chhatishgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharastra. The total geographical area of Dandakaranya is about 130,000 sq kms. The literal meaning of Dandakarayana, in Sanskrit, is the Jungle (Aranya) of punishment (Dandak). In Ramayana this area was known as Dandaka forest. It is believed that Sri Rama with Laxman and Sita spent 13 years (out of 14 years) in exile in this forest. The places like Chitrakut, Ramagiri, Sitakunda, Haladikunda, Sabari River, Tamasa River etc. mentioned in Ramayana flow in this region.
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