Andhra effort to recognise tribal rights compared with Telangana appreciable

By Dr Palla Trinadha Rao The Tribal Welfare Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh has set to recognise and  vest  forest rights, both individual  and community forest rights, over 2.03 lakh acres of forest lands and hand over title deeds in favour of tribals on the eve of World Indigenous Peoples day, the 9th August, 2020.  … Continue reading Andhra effort to recognise tribal rights compared with Telangana appreciable

New Andhra tribal districts should keep in view area’s diversity, topography and culture context

By Dr Palla Trinadha Rao The Government of Andhra Pradesh has taken a decision in a recent cabinet meeting to constitute a committee to study the reorganization of the existing 13 districts into 25 based on the number of Parliament constituencies. Instead of considering the Parliamentary constituency as a unit for forming a new district, … Continue reading New Andhra tribal districts should keep in view area’s diversity, topography and culture context

Indigenous Collective — International protests against race and caste discrimination

Ganesh Devy During his work with Adivasis for the last two-and-a-half decades, mainly in Gujarat, well-known linguist and activist Ganesh Devy found it necessary to form a network of the indigenous peoples from all continents in order to increase the effectiveness of their voice. Held between 2008 and 2012, the five International Conferences of the Indigenous … Continue reading Indigenous Collective — International protests against race and caste discrimination

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