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TRIBAL WELFARE
All good, but only on paper

An apparently well-intended plan to help very poor tribes in Madhya Pradesh find sustainable livelihoods bears no relation to the reality of how it is actually implemented. Money is simply distributed and disappears, but things remain unchanged. Susmita Guru reports.

Livelihood Poverty M.P.

TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT
Reversing fate through love for land, forests and water
Abhijit Mohanty brings us the story of certain tribal villages in Koraput district of southern Odisha that have successfully overcome the challenges posed by denudation and inadequate irrigation and have etched out a path towards food security and well-being.
Agriculture Forests ORISSA

THE DONGRIA KONDH HABITAT
Securing tribal rights means understanding them first
The recent letter from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, urging states to recognise the habitat rights of vulnerable tribal groups under the FRA, is a welcome move. Meenal Tatpati, Rashi Misra and Subrat Kumar Nayak analyse the Dongria Kondh experience to underline what is necessary to do so effectively.
Livelihood Forests Human Rights

GROWTH VERSUS IDENTITY
Why the Dongria Kondh rejected development in the Niyamgiri Hills
The 2013 rejection of the bauxite mining plan in Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills by the local tribal gram sabhas is hailed as the first successful environmental referendum in the country. Meenal Tatpati and Rashi Misra visit the region to find out what led the people to oppose the proposed ‘development’.
Livelihood Forests Mining Human Rights

PROFILE: Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike
Casting out caste crime
Pushpa Achanta describes the unrelenting efforts of the Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike (KDMV) in educating members of the Dalit and Adivasi communities in the state about their legal entitlements and helping them wage battles for justice in cases involving caste atrocity and discrimination.
Justice Caste Human Rights Women

MAN & NATURE
The trail of a disappearing culture
Sunanda Bhat’s award-winning Have You Seen The Arana is deeply relevant in today’s world, as it explores the deep connectedness between man and nature, and the struggle of little-known people to preserve it in the face of many onslaughts. Shoma A Chatterji reviews the film.
Environmental films and books Reviews Culture

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
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