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

2019-20 SC-ST budget allocation only for accounting purposes and not for real implementation

Excerpts from the chapter “Ministry / Department wise priority to schemes for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes” in the report “Dalit Adivasi Budget Analysis 2019-20”, published by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights-Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolon: In the budget speech of 2017-18, then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had introduced outcome-based monitoring for Schemes for … More 2019-20 SC-ST budget allocation only for accounting purposes and not for real implementation

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