Key hurdles in implementing Forest Rights Act in Gujarat: Experience from the ground

The report “Forest Rights, Legal Wrongs: Grassroots Realities and the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006 in Gujarat”, published by the IDEAL-Centre for Social Justice, Ahmedabad, outlines implementation of FRA across 10 villages in Meghraj and 15 villages in Dang over the past 2 years. Excerpts: Since March 2008, the Government of Gujarat had begun issuing … More Key hurdles in implementing Forest Rights Act in Gujarat: Experience from the ground

A forest dwellers’, fisherfolks’ election manifesto documenting demands for political parties

Adivasi Election manifesto released by civil society organizations in Madikeri, Karnataka ahead of the general elections: For centuries now we, the Adivasis, fisherfolk, hill, forest dwellers and others who are the original inhabitants of the Indian sub-continent have been systematically pushed off our ancestral lands  and forcibly confined to small, remote and increasingly vulnerable corners of the country. In this … More A forest dwellers’, fisherfolks’ election manifesto documenting demands for political parties

Plea to dismiss “anti-tribal, anti-forest dwellers” Supreme Court Order dated 13th February, 2019

Memorandum submitted by the Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD) to the President of India, the Odisha governor, and the Odisha chief minister, following a tribal and other forest dwellers rally in Bhubaneswar, asking the Supreme Court to scrap its order of February 13 on allegedly seeking to evict lakhs of forest dwellers from their … More Plea to dismiss “anti-tribal, anti-forest dwellers” Supreme Court Order dated 13th February, 2019

How development excludes Adivasi peoples, affecting their identity and well-being

By Debjeet Sarangi* The mainstream development paradigm has aggravated discontent among Adivasi communities. The reasons are not difficult to recognise—it encourages the siege of native resources, drives competition, is surplus-driven, instils private ownership, and consequently, is affecting the cultural identity of Adivasi peoples. Adivasi thought leaders believe that the root causes for the failure of … More How development excludes Adivasi peoples, affecting their identity and well-being

Golden opportunity to meet, resolve tribal land issues, access to own forest resources, lost?

Three years before the Forest Rights Act (FRA) came into force, scholars RK Rao and SR Sankaran wrote in the “Economic and Political Weekly” (November 15, 2003) how a variety of forest myths and a jungle of forest laws had over the years served to deny social justice to the forest-dwelling tribals, pointing out, however, … More Golden opportunity to meet, resolve tribal land issues, access to own forest resources, lost?

Ensure recognition of all community, individual forest rights of STs, OTFDs; single, married women

Civil rights organizations Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy process (CFR-LA) All India Forum for Forest Movements (AIFFM) and Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch (MAKAAM) have worked out a Citizens’ Charter on forest rights vision and promise of FRA. Its demands are proposed to be placed before the political parties for the upcoming elections. Seeking  broader consensus, … More Ensure recognition of all community, individual forest rights of STs, OTFDs; single, married women

Mining, real lobbies, tourism projects are seeking to destroy areas where tribal communities live in Goa

Civil rights organization of Goa, Gawada Kunbi Velip & Dhangar Federation, has represented to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes chairperson on the behalf tribes of Goa, highlighting tribal issues which need urgent attention. Text of the memorandum, submitted by the organization’s general secretary Rupesh Soiru Velip: The Gakuved Federation is an organization registered which … More Mining, real lobbies, tourism projects are seeking to destroy areas where tribal communities live in Goa