A version of The Sovereign Forest is on permanent display at the Samadrusti campus in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, where it opened on 15 August 2012. Visitors are invited to add to the growing body of ‘evidence’ collected. A selection of this archive of evidence is represented here. It includes photographs, lists of residents, land records and tax receipts, proofs of occupancy, maps of acquired villages, documents and a booklet of poems by a local singer called the crazy poet.
A photograph of a pre colonial document showing a financial transaction between a landowner and the royal state which established proof of ownership as well as duration of ownership and presence on the land, in Dhinkia, Odisha, the epicenter of the anti-POSCO struggle. A villager wanting to take it out of the region hid it inside a students file as he apprehended it being stolen by the local police or by pro company mafia.