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31 October 2014
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WOMEN’S EDUCATION
A better life through literacy

The broad-based Community Based Functional Literacy Campaign launched by the State Resource Centre of Rayagada, Orissa aims to educate women and drop-out girls in three of the most backward districts of the state. Abhijit Mohanty summarises the key take-aways so far.

Girls' Education Education Government ORISSA

FIGHTING DISPLACEMENT
Why the market fails to lure Mali Parbat’s militant environmentalists
The efforts of metals major Hindalco to mine bauxite from Mali Parbat in Odisha has run up against stiff resistance from local Kondh adivasis, who wouldn’t shy away from militancy to protect their ecology, if needed. Javed Iqbal explores why they reject ‘industrial development’.
Mining Displacement Land Human Rights

COMPARING MANIFESTOS
Who will spare a thought for the environment?
With the manifestos of all major national parties finally released, Himanshu Thakkar presents a comparative reading with a lens on environment and natural resource management.
Elections Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

FOOD TRADITIONS
Looking beyond the spread on our tables
Overcoming our ignorance of the richness of traditional food options, and imbibing the culinary cultures of those who live in harmony with nature could signify a giant step towards food and nutritional security, says Devinder Sharma after his visit to a tribal food fest.
Food Security Organic Agriculture

TRIBAL REALITIES
Helping Pardhi children aim for the sun
While state atrocities against Pardhi communities show few signs of abatement, a small school in Mahadev Basti in Usmanabad, Maharashtra brings a ray of hope. Shirish Khare reports.
Education MAHARASHTRA Society

ADIVASI LANDS
Not your land anymore
Adivasis in the Thane region face official as well as illegal efforts to separate them from their lands, which are increasingly in demand to meet growing urban needs. Freny Manecksha reports.
Land MAHARASHTRA Society

FOREST RESOURCES
Plentiful, but for whom?
The forests of India have enough treasure to power the economy of the whole country, it seems, but not enough to empower the adivasis. Shoma Chatterji reviews Johar.
Forests Reviews Films JHARKHAND

TRIBAL WOMEN
Banding together, for their rights
Tribal women in Uttarakhand are standing up for their community rights, and resisting the dispossession of their lands by a nexus between powerful landlords and the government machinery. Puja Awasthi reports.
Forests UTTARAKHAND Women

INTERVIEW
Is the Forest Rights Act working?
Environmentalist Ashish Kothari discusses the politics behind the approval of the POSCO project, and how the FRA is faring in Odisha, in conversation with Pradeep Baisakh.
Forests Environment Interviews ORISSA

KANDHAMAL ATTACKS
Haunted by the riots
Christian dalits and adivasis in Kandhamal district of Orissa live fearfully among their Hindu neighbours more than two years after large-scale riots against members of their faith. Freny Manecksha reports.
Caste ORISSA Society

VOICES FROM THE GRASSROOTS
Will I get my dry firewood?
It seemed like an insignificant demand, but in fact it is filled with meaning, and the answer has remained challenging in more ways than one. R Balasubramaniam continues his series of Voices from the Grassroots.
OP-ED Displacement

VOICES FROM THE GRASSROOTS
My name is Akkamma
How could someone not known to her at all prove and establish her identity, while at the same time no one in her own village was authorised to do so? R Balasubramaniam begins a series of Voices from the Grassroots.
OP-ED
DEALING WITH NAXALISM
Development now!
Politicians would like us to believe that tackling the Maoists now is urgent, while development is only possible in the long run. Not true, writes Ashwin Mahesh.
Opinions OP-ED Ashwin Mahesh
 

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