Unfortunately, they decided to leave. They were disappointed, crestfallen. They had nowhere to go. Their houses were taken away from them, their homes were gone. They would have to look for a new place to stay, new jobs and start over from scratch. They tried to make adjustments with the builder but to no avail. They tried asking him for a solution, or an alternate area to live in. However, he was too selfish to care about anyone else except himself. Brutally, he said, “I am sure you all can fend for yourselves. This is not your private land and I don’t think you can ever own it. I’m paying for this and thus I will own it. You cannot stop me.”
All members of the tribe tried to solve this puzzle. They decided to consult a wise old man from the group. He used to meditate all day and lived a life of simplicity. He was the oldest man in the tribe. The other members approached him and explained the problem.
The wise man replied, “This is our ancestral land. I have lived here for years, and so have all of you. We have been blessed by the almighty lord by this beautiful dwelling. So, it is our duty to protect and preserve it. It is inadvisable to give up on something that is so important to us so easily. Fight for what you believe in.”
This motivated the other members of the tribe. Their confidence was boosted. They held a communal meeting and decided to retaliate against the self-centred builder. This time, they were determined to fight for their land and occupancy. They stood together and started protesting against the builder. Their ancestral land was the most important thing to them, even more than their own lives. They had to keep it to keep their families safe and sound. So being fearless, they started fighting against the builder. They protested against him. They fought against the builder’s men.
The builder, too, pushed back with full force. He was determined to get the land in his possession, no matter what. He sent his men to make them evacuate the lad by force, but the Adivasis set up a great defence system against them. They believed in the use of brains against brawls. When Rana’s men charged at them, the clever Adivasis set up traps to stop them in their tracks, before they could even enter the dwelling. They planted small nails, that could be easily overseen in the grass by those men. Soon enough, the goons were left howling in pain, pricked by the sharp nails. They returned home, defeated. But Godhi would not give up. He used many other tactics but his efforts went in vain. Finally, he decided to give up.
As a result, he could not overpower the strength of the Adivasis. Furiously, he went and apologised to the entire tribe for causing them trouble. They were kind enough to forgive him and also welcomed him to a grand dinner that was being celebrated. However, he was left only dreaming about acquiring the land.