Undoing the FRA: How the New Jharkhand Forest Produce Rule 2020 undermines forest rights

On 17 June, the Jharkhand government effectuated the new Jharkhand Forest Produce (Regulation of Transportation) Rule 2020 (Annex 1). The

पेड़, पृथ्वी और हवा की तरह

टुकड़ो में तुम काटे गए पेड़ होने से पहले, तुम्हें काटा गया जुड़े रहे जमीन से पर जड़ होने से

झारखंड वनोपज (अभिवहन का विनियमन) नियमावली 2020: वन अधिकारों पर मंडराता खतरा

17 जून 2020 को झारखंड मंत्रिमंडल की एक अहम बैठक हुई जिसमें झारखंड वनोपज (अभिवहन का विनियमन) नियमावली 2020 को

The Brahminical and Colonial history behind Adivasis’ Demonisation and Criminalisation

Picture: Indra kills Vritra—who is identified as an asura in the Vedas (story from Rik Veda, featured in Bhagavatha); courtesy

“Markets closed, no work or money at home”: How the COVID-19 lockdown is affecting tea garden workers in West Bengal

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe in the past three months, causing over one lakh deaths worldwide

“बाज़ार न बंद है, जंगल तो नहीं”: कोरोना-लॉक डाउन में आदिवासी समाज

“बाजार तो बंद आहे लेकिन जंगल बंद तो नखे नि” (बाजार बंद होने से क्या हुआ, जंगल तो खुला है).

गोटूल: माडिया-कोईतुर समाज और जीवन दर्शन को समझने का एक बहुआयामी केंद्र

फ़ोटो : बस्तर में स्थित एक गोटूल (वेर्रिएर एल्विन, 1940) गडचिरोली और माडिया (कोईतुर) आदिवासी पहचान बताते हुए शहरी लोगों

कोरोना लॉक डाउन में, बगैर वनोपज, छत्तीसगढ़ के आदिवासी कैसे बनेंगे आत्मनिर्भर?

विश्वव्यापी महामारी कोरोना के संकट से देश की अर्थव्यवस्था की स्थिति गंभीर हो चुकी है. इस  अर्थव्यवस्था को पटरी पर लाने

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In the ongoing war between State and Maoists in Central India, it is the Adivasis- the indigenous people of region who have been the main victims of violence from either side. While memories of Salwa Judum, Internally Displaced People, Prison etc. are still alive haunting their present, some are trying to find ways ahead from their murky pasts.

Humans of Gondwana is a Facebook Page that explores stories from Tribal heartland of Central Gondwana region in India. These stories also bring out unheard realities of Adivasi lives, sandwiched between State-Naxal conflict. Following is a Photo Essay, consisting of stories from Humans of Gondwana Facebook Page on the mentioned theme:

“Rajag is the name of our village. It is a part of Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Bilaspur. We don’t even remember, how long have we been living here for. We did not do any farming during my childhood; everything we needed was gathered from the jungle. We used to get – grass for making brooms, leaves for making plates, bamboo for baskets, Mahua, Chaar and many other fruits from the forest. Population has certainly increased but still there is no scarcity of anything yet. Many have made permanent houses and have started farming now. Few days earlier Forest Ranger came and told us to vacate our village. Everything we own or possess in our life is here in the forest. Where do we go now? Even if we relocate, we aren’t sure of getting everything (from forest) in the new place. How long will government compensation last? But if we stay here “neither we’d perish the forest, nor it’d let us die.”

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