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Why PESA, India’s Great Initiative to Empower Tribal Communities, Has Not Succeeded

Why PESA, India’s Great Initiative to Empower Tribal Communities, Has Not Succeeded

In 1996 India took a great step forward in terms of empowering rural tribal communities, a step which moreover was very much in continuity with Gandhian traditions of gram swaraj or village self-rule ( genuine decentralization based on justice and equality) and so India was a particularly good country for introducing such a step. This was in the form of[Read More…]

by 05/06/2021 0 comments India
Tribals / Forest Dwellers are facing eviction and backwardness in Yogi Raj

Tribals / Forest Dwellers are facing eviction and backwardness in Yogi Raj

   The population of Tribals (Scheduled Tribes) in Uttar Pradesh is 11.35 lakhs of which 80% are landless. That is why the Forest Rights Act – 2006 and Rules 2008 came into force for the empowerment of Tribals. Under this law, Tribals and non-Tribals living in a Reserve Forest area were to be given a lease of residential and agricultural[Read More…]

by 21/03/2021 0 comments India
Dr. M. Kunhaman

Changing Social Landscape of Tribes in Kerala: Challenges in Tribal Studies

Written by K.M. Seethi & Elizabeth Abraham The social landscape and livelihood options in the tribal habitats in Kerala have changed tremendously in the last several decades. This transformation has its impact on the tribal population and their life-world experiences. This is the theme of the ongoing workshop organised as part of the Engaging Human Ecology Series of the Inter[Read More…]

by 20/02/2021 0 comments India
Protection of Tribal Land and Forests Rights is Important Not Just for Livelihoods but Also for Invaluable Traditional Wisdom

Protection of Tribal Land and Forests Rights is Important Not Just for Livelihoods but Also for Invaluable Traditional Wisdom

                    Many commentators on land and forest rights, including former senior government officials, have expressed serious concern at the land alienation suffered by tribal farmers and the dilution of their forest rights. While this has led to a serious livelihood crisis among a large number of tribal households, in addition this has led to immense threats to the rich[Read More…]

by 07/02/2021 0 comments India
The Imli Andolan of Bastar, 1997

The Imli Andolan of Bastar, 1997

Written by Aman Rathi, Ashutosh Rungta and Darpan Jain It was a fine morning, about 4 AM, in a remote village named Beliyapal, in the state of Chhattisgarh. Shiv Kumari, a tribal woman of around 40 years, readied herself to make her way to the jungle. She would walk about 5-6 km deep in the wilderness with a basket ready[Read More…]

by 12/12/2020 0 comments India
Protecting Indigenous Languages is Protecting Biodiversity

Protecting Indigenous Languages is Protecting Biodiversity

One million animal and plant species face extinction due to human activity, according to the United Nations. Now, think about cultural production—art and literature that we have invested to address the extinction of just a handful of species (passenger pigeon included). Quite a bit actually. The extinction of one million species feels rather abstract, beyond the comprehension of human cultural[Read More…]

by 30/11/2020 1 comment World
Government and the Old Woman in Forest

Government and the Old Woman in Forest

In the not-too-distant past, there was a very senior official .  He was an official of his own kind, very devoted to the welfare of the poorest people. He led a most simple life, so that he could devote himself single-mindedly to the dearest objective of his life which was to work for the welfare of poor and oppressed people,[Read More…]

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Malkangiri Adivasi Sangh: Writing a new epoch in Adivasi liberation

Malkangiri Adivasi Sangh: Writing a new epoch in Adivasi liberation

Commemorating 25th anniversary of spark ignited in Padmagiri-Pandaripani  landmark struggle This week we commemorate 25 years since the launching of the peasant struggle in Padmagiri Pandaripani  in Malkangiri in Orissa which was landmark event in history of Indian revolutionary Movement. Such agitations are the turning point in the seeking of liberation of the oppressed from the clutches of exploiter classes.[Read More…]

by 23/11/2020 0 comments India
Tribal health in India: An eternity of backwardness?

Tribal health in India: An eternity of backwardness?

Co-Written by Dr. Anamika Roy, Dr. Chandrima Chatterjee & Dr. Parul Malik The tribal population of India comprises of the indigenous people dwelling in the hinterlands who are sometimes extremely susceptible to high levels of inaccessibility to health resources. The health inequalities which have been faced by these people are an evidence of the fundamental failure of the realization of[Read More…]

by 27/10/2020 0 comments India

Increasing Incidence of Violence Against Women Forest Dwellers in Uttarakhand

MAHILA KISAN ADHIKAAR MANCH (MAKAAM) or Forum for Women Farmers’ Rights condemns and expresses deep concern over the increasing incidence of violence, harassment and atrocities against adivasi and other traditional forest dwellers especially women forest dwellers in Uttarakhand. The Forest Rights Act 2006 proclaims the responsibility of the state to defend and uphold the rights of Adivasis and Other Traditional[Read More…]

by 21/09/2020 0 comments Human Rights
Mass prayer of more than 20,000 children at the KISS school in Bhubaneswar.

An open letter to Academics and People’s Movements in India –  Towards a critical articulation on factory schools

by Pranab Doley, Jacinta Kerketta, Deme Oraon, Gladson Dungdung, Sharanya and Rajaraman Sundaresan A recent protest, through a petition endorsed by around 300 Adivasi leaders, academics, activists, environmental groups and people’s movements in India, has brought the issue of decolonization to the forefront by protesting against the decision of IUAES and its member organizations to hold the World Anthropology Congress[Read More…]

by 16/09/2020 0 comments India
Strangers In Their Own Home

Strangers In Their Own Home

The 24th edition of the Kolkata international film festival, held in November 2018, showed a surprisingly large number of films from Australia, which has never been counted among the foremost film-making nations of the world; no less than two dozen in all. It is hard to tell whether the ‘focus’ had anything to do with an increasing interest in Down[Read More…]

Deskilling and Reskilling of Adivasi farmers- Context Specific Analysis is Important

Deskilling and Reskilling of Adivasi farmers- Context Specific Analysis is Important

Co-Written by Dibyendu Chaudhuri and Parijat Ghosh   Deskilling is a process of elimination of skilled labour within an economy. Separation of intelligence from muscle helps ruling class dominating both (Braverman, 1974). Advent of modern agriculture, characterised by hybrid seeds, chemical fertilisers, pesticides, etc., is considered responsible for deskilling in agriculture. In agriculture, deskilling is understood as a process in[Read More…]

by 03/09/2020 0 comments India
 ‘Historic Injustice’ to Adivasis made permanent

 ‘Historic Injustice’ to Adivasis made permanent

Whereas previously SC affirmed indigenous people’s inalienable rights to their land,    it now orders their eviction from their land unilaterally  There are three significant SC judgments on the indigenous Adivasi people’s rights over their land and natural resources: 1)      In 2011 the SC, hearing a complaint petition by a young Adivasi  woman who was raped and paraded naked by[Read More…]

by 25/02/2019 2 comments Annihilate Caste
BJP Sarkar Jawab Do! Tens of Thousands Will Join National Andolan For Forest Rights

BJP Sarkar Jawab Do! Tens of Thousands Will Join National Andolan For Forest Rights

   Today, the Campaign for Survival and Dignity, a national platform of adivasi and forest dwellers’ organisations, decided on a national Wave of Struggle over the next two weeks against the unjust attack on millions of people whose claims under the Forest Rights Act were rejected. The Supreme Court’s order to evict over one million claimant families is the direct[Read More…]

by 25/02/2019 0 comments Annihilate Caste
HRF Condemns Eviction Order of Adivasis

HRF Condemns Eviction Order of Adivasis

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) rejects the atrocious February 13 order of the Supreme Court that calls for eviction in a summary and time-bound manner of those whose claims for forest rights under The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act (FRA) have been rejected. This amounts to an attack on the rights of adivasis[Read More…]

by 25/02/2019 0 comments Annihilate Caste
Corporate Conservationists use judicial process to annihilate India’s Indigenous People

Corporate Conservationists use judicial process to annihilate India’s Indigenous People

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra has ordered eviction of Adivasis and other forest dwelling communities from the ‘forest’ regions whose claims for entitlement have been rejected by the Forest department.  The written copy of the order was made available on February 20th, 2019 which makes things unambiguous and the intent. The court order says : “The[Read More…]

Eviction of 1 Million Adivasis: Centre must issue Ordinance

Eviction of 1 Million Adivasis: Centre must issue Ordinance

Supreme Court Order for Eviction of a million forest dwellers in more than 16 states perpetuates ‘Historical Injustice’ ! BJP-led Union government jeopardizes the interests of country’s forest dependent people and adivasis: State governments fail in implementing FRA in true spirit Centre must issue Ordinance to stop evictions as per SC Order 21st Feb, 2019: National Alliance of People’s Movements[Read More…]

Declare Adivasis as Indigenous People Of India

Declare Adivasis as Indigenous People Of India

Today we celebrate World Indigeneous people’s day but in the backyard of the biggest democracy of the world is the systematic isolation and displacement of millions of adivasis in the name of development. A veteran activist is fighting for the rights of the aadivasis on the Narmada valley but the government is determined to ‘develop’ the state even when it[Read More…]

by 09/08/2017 3 comments India
Adivasis Integral To Protecting The Forest

Adivasis Integral To Protecting The Forest

Not many people may have witnessed the beauty of forests, but it is certainly something that everyone knows something about. In the narrative of climate change and the destruction wrought on nature by man, the declining forest cover and the thinning canopy take on poetic notes. The forest becomes a singular identity, existing majestically, independent of animals and people. Thus[Read More…]

Financing For Indigenous People, Land Reforms And Protection Of Forests And Other Natural Ecosystems

Financing For Indigenous People, Land Reforms And Protection Of Forests And Other Natural Ecosystems

One does not have to read Marx to understand how debt-based money in the form of credit to corporations, – chosen by banks on the basis of their ability to make profit, – leads to an accumulation of money in the hands of those few who create the money and are given the credit. Profiteering, in short, capitalism, is incompatible[Read More…]