Madhya Pradesh forest department’s plantation strategy a threat to rare herbs in tribal areas

By Sahana Ghosh*  Tribal culture and beliefs have helped sacred groves in Madhya Pradesh thrive despite the shadow of illegal tree felling and encroachment. Sacred groves in Jhabua and Alirajpur districts shelter rare, endangered and threatened species of plants, including a rich bounty of medicinal plant species. Some of them mirror the species composition of forests … More Madhya Pradesh forest department’s plantation strategy a threat to rare herbs in tribal areas

Helping turn around tribal economy in Vidarbha by putting natives in charge of levers of development

By Moin Qazi* Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead A highly welcome and discernible sign on the Indian development landscape is that many bright brains from the best of universities are foregoing high salaries to commit … More Helping turn around tribal economy in Vidarbha by putting natives in charge of levers of development

If NRC becomes reality, adivasis may be left out, likely to be rendered ‘stateless’

By Jawar Bheel* Students’ protests have rocked the country since the passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). CAB has already become Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Also, on November 20th, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah had made a statement in the Parliament that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would be prepared for every state in … More If NRC becomes reality, adivasis may be left out, likely to be rendered ‘stateless’

FRA continues to be plagued by challenges in implementation

Uphold forest rights act to secure rights, livelihood and forest conservation: A note by Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy (CFRLA), All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM), Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (MAKAAM): The Forest Rights Act (FRA) was enacted to undo the historical injustice against Forest Dwelling Scheduled Tribe and other forest dwelling communities by recognizing … More FRA continues to be plagued by challenges in implementation

Need to go beyond Supreme Court hearing on FRA, address hurdles in the Act’s implementation

By Janhavi Mittal* “First the white colonizer ruled over our forests. But with independence, only the skin color of those colonizing our forests has changed,” says Nivada Rana, as she shows the injury sustained in 2012 at the hands of Uttar Pradesh (UP) state authorities while collecting firewood in her ancestral forests. Nivada’s observation summarizes … More Need to go beyond Supreme Court hearing on FRA, address hurdles in the Act’s implementation

A major victory: India’s decision to reject a London miner’s request to mine bauxite on tribal land

By Sibi M* The number of tribal movements across the country has surged and the tribal people are starting to gain the confidence to raise their voice against getting exploited. The landmark judgments like the Vedanta-Dongria Kondh verdict have given them this confidence. The tribal communities are strongly associated with their land, culture and ethnicity … More A major victory: India’s decision to reject a London miner’s request to mine bauxite on tribal land

Cheated of Constitution, Adivasis have been savaged and ravaged by people claiming to be civilized

By Mohan Guruswamy* Tribal people who account for 8.2% of India’s population can be broadly classified into three groupings. The first grouping consists of populations who predate the Indo-Aryan migrations. These are termed by many anthropologists as the Austro-Asiatic-speaking Australoid people. The Central Indian Adivasis belong to this grouping. The late Professor Nihar Ranjan Ray, … More Cheated of Constitution, Adivasis have been savaged and ravaged by people claiming to be civilized