Supreme Court judgement opens flood gates to non-tribals for immigration to Scheduled Areas

By Dr Palla Trinadha Rao The verdict of the constitutional bench of Supreme Court (SC) comprising of five judges, striking down the government order manuscript (GO Ms) No 3 of 2000 issued under 5(1) of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution by the United Andhra Pradesh, providing 100 percent reservation to the local candidates of … More Supreme Court judgement opens flood gates to non-tribals for immigration to Scheduled Areas

POSCO repeat? Resistance brewing against JSW’s steel project in Odisha

By Mayank Aggarwal*  Resistance among villagers that led to the South Korean steel company, POSCO, pulling out of the 12 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) integrated steel plant with captive power plant project in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha is brewing again, following the decision to allow Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Utkal Steel Limited to carry out the project. Alleging … More POSCO repeat? Resistance brewing against JSW’s steel project in Odisha

To tribals, forest conservation doesn’t require felling of trees, or plantation- regeneration

Excerpt from the Oxfam India report “We Belong to the Forest”, a compilation of 14 case studies from the central eastern tribal states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand in an attempt to bring together practices and experiences of forest dependent communities of managing and governing their resources: For generations, India’s forests have been inhabited by … More To tribals, forest conservation doesn’t require felling of trees, or plantation- regeneration

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