Category Archives: Forest Rights Act (FRA)

Slideshow | Kaani community celebration: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (9 August) – Tamil Nadu

Photos and report courtesy S. Davidson © 12 September 2016 MADURAI: The dwindling population of predators such as tigers, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs has made a negative impact on the ecology of the Western Ghats, C Appu Kani a senior leader of … Continue reading

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Sustainable resource use and Forest Conservation by the Kaani indigenous community of Kanyakumari forest in the Western Ghats – Tamil Nadu

Courtesy S. Davidson © 17 August 2016 The Kaani indigenous people live in 48 Settlements in the deep jungles, forests and hills of Kanyakumari in the biological Hot spot of the Western Ghats in India. The district receives two Monsoons and … Continue reading

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The “participatory guarantee system” (PGS Organic Council): A renewed effort to sustain the lives and cultures of indigenous communities

Rich Forests: Making a living under the canopy […] PGS has been received enthusiastically in India and elsewhere. The PGS Organic Council was registered in Goa, India, in April 2011. Since then, the Government of India – under the national … Continue reading

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Vidyodaya School and outreach programme: Gudalur’s success story based Adivasi history, culture, songs and stories in the curriculum – Tamil Nadu

Priya Rollins and Rajesh Varghese, Educationworldonline.net 13 July, 2016 | To read the original article here >> Vidyodaya Model School, Gudalur Deep within the Gudalur valley, bounded by the Mudumalai, Wyanad and Bandipur tiger reserves, the Viswa Bharati Vidyodaya Trust has developed a school … Continue reading

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Audio | Birsa Munda (1875-1900), the young, charismatic healer: “The only Adivasi whose portrait hangs in the Indian Parliament”

Prof. Sunil Khilnani profiles Birsa Munda, the young, charismatic healer who led his tribal community in revolt against the British and whose life, more than a century after his death, poses the question: ‘Who owns India?’ | Listen to the … Continue reading

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“Woodsmoke and Leafcups”: A book that opens up the full joy of tribal life without romanticisation – Bastar

Woodsmoke and Leafcups; Madhu Ramnath, Harper Litmus, Rs.399. Felix Padel, The Hindu, March 12, 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> The full joy of tribal life opens up in these pages. As do the painful struggles under … Continue reading

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Tip | Opportunities for tribal youths to develop their communities: Affirming their cultural roots in a democratic society

To understand the developments most relevant to “tribal”, “indigenous” or “aboriginal” communities, both in India and worldwide Check posts by “clicking” any of the categories seen below (e.g. “Accountability”, “Democracy”, “Education”, “Health and nutrition”, “Rights of Indigenous Peoples”) Search this website … Continue reading

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A treasure preserved for posterity in Bhadrachalam: A mini museum, library serving the cause of Integrated Tribal Development – Telangana

The Regional Centre of Tribal Cultural Research and Training Institute (TCR&TI) has laid renewed focus on preserving and popularising the rich collection of objects and artefacts of tribal communities at the mini-museum in Bhadrachalam. The mini-museum at the Youth Training … Continue reading

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Exercising one’s forest rights by employing GPS technology: New insights gained by tribal communities of the Nilgiris during an exposure trip to Odisha

Report and photos courtesy Shruti Agarwal © 2015 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >> Orissa has many success stories where formal recognition of rights, both individual and community, have been done to a great … Continue reading

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Spreading benefits evenly across Rajasthan’s tribes: On differences within a state having an above-average tribal population – Rajasthan

Rights for forgotten tribes by Nandini Sundar,  Hindustan Times, Jun 04, 2007 | To read the full report, click here >> Predictably, public discourse on the Gujjar-state-Mina  (as the census spells them) standoff in Rajasthan has centred on two, or, … Continue reading

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A healthy ecosystem involves tribal communities as tigers thrive in areas inhabited by people: Building trust and fostering pride in their accomplishments – World Tiger Day 2015

Photo and information courtesy S.S. Davidson © 2015 Global Tiger Day was celebrated by the students of Adi Dravida welfare Middle school, Udayadi in Kanyakumari district on Wednesday sponsored by Tribal Foundation. A Procession was held, flagged off by Forest … Continue reading

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Eco-spirituality in the face of climate change: Learning from the Kaani tribe of Kanyakumari District – Tamil Nadu

ECO-SPIRITUALITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE WITH REFERENCE TO THE KAANI TRIBE OF KANYAKUMARI FORESTS S Davidson Sargunam, Tribal Foundation, 23, Cave Street, Nagercoil S Suja, Associate Professor, Women’s Christian College, College Road, Chennai Text and photos courtesy S.S. Davidson © 2015 … Continue reading

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India’s first documentary film on Santal writers by Sangita Datta and produced by the Sahitya Academy New Delhi – Jharkhand, Odisha & West Bengal

Ready for release by the Sahitya Akademi (India’s national institution for the development of Indian letters) and subsequent screenings in and outside India – Information courtesy Sangita Datta, Kolkata, 5 August 2015 First time in the history of Santali literature a full-fledged documentary film … Continue reading

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A historical plea to ‘secure the advancement of the tribals without disturbing the essential harmony of their life and secure their integration without imposition’: Scheduled Areas and Scheduled Tribes Commission – Government of India

The establishment of vast industrial enterprises in tribal zones lends urgency to the extension of protective measures to all tribals whose rights and way of life have been placed in jeopardy. The framers of the Indian Constitution were clear that … Continue reading

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“Our hunting, our economy and even our festivities were interlinked to iron smelting”: The Asur community’s last custodians of a traditional technique – Jharkhand

Abhishek Saha, Hindustan Times, Polpol Path (Jharkhand), Jan 02, 2015 | To read the full story and view more photos, click here >> Laldeo Asur is one of the last custodians of the traditional technique of iron smelting by Asurs. … Continue reading

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Slideshow | “Visible Work, Invisible Women” by photographer P. Sainath

‘Visible Work, Invisible Women’, is a fully curated, online still-photo exhibition. This video tour takes viewers around the entire physical exhibition, with original photographs and texts reproduced below as an article. All the photographs were shot by P. Sainath across … Continue reading

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Jawaharlal Nehru’s “five principles” for the policy to be pursued vis-a-vis the tribals

Jawaharlal Nehru [1889–1964, first Prime Minister of India] formulated the following five principles for the policy to be pursued vis-a-vis the tribals: (1) People should develop along the lines of their own genius, and the imposition of alien values should … Continue reading

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Knowing their rights and making it known: The four indigenous communities in the Gudalur valley of the Nilgiris – Tamil Nadu

The Gudalur valley in the Nilgiris is home to four distinct indigenous communities -Paniyas, Kattunayakans, Mullukurumbas and Bettakurumbas. Source: Cultural Diversity | At the Edge of Existence Address : https://cultureandconservation.wordpress.com/test/ Date Visited: Thu Jan 29 2015 14:32:50 GMT+0100 (CET) On … Continue reading

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The Indian Forest Acts: A concise history from 1876 through 1927 and its present implementation

 Millions of people live in and near India’s forest lands, but have no legal right to their homes, lands or livelihoods.  A few government officials have all power over forests and forest dwellers. The result? Both forests and people die.  … Continue reading

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Conserving the forest, medicinal plants, woods and wildlife of Bastar: Customs that reflect religious sentiments while achieving more – Chhattisgarh

Rashmi Drolia, TNN | Jun 4, 2014, | To read the full story, click here >> RAIPUR: For tribals residing around Boma hill in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district in Bastar, it’s sin to climb or step up on this hill and doing … Continue reading

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Tip | Instantly search 15 periodicals and news portals: Understanding the perceptions of tribal cultural heritage through Indian media reports

To better understand issues that concern all members India’s society – “tribal” and “mainstream” – our custom search page has been enhanced again. It automatically searches 15 leading English periodicals and news portals. This means that you readily find the kind of information you … Continue reading

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Video | Voices of Bhil tribal from semi-arid forest: A documentary on forest Rights by Purabi Bose – Rajasthan

Forest Rights: Jung Jungle aur Jungle ke logo ka. Voices of Bhil tribal from semi-arid forest, Rajasthan, India. A short video documentary (14mins) film ‘Forest Rights’ is produced and directed by Purabi Bose based on research field work data collection. … Continue reading

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A Tribal Map of India: Plans to use modern information technology to develop tribal areas – Government of India

PTI 3 June 2014 | To read the full story, click here >> Bhubaneswar: Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram on Tuesday said his ministry was planning a Tribal Map of India to facilitate smooth implementation of different programmes for … Continue reading

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Placing India’s tribal heritage in its historical and ecological perspective: Documentaries by filmmaker Sangita Datta – West Bengal & Sikkim

Brief excerpts from documentaries relating to tribal heritage – Showreel 2013 00:49 “The language of the Mundas“: CIIL’s series on Bhasha Mandakani: Bangala – Central Institute of Indian Languages (Govt. of India) 03:14 “Righting the Historical Wrong“: A Film on The Scheduled Tribes and … Continue reading

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Tip | Understanding India’s legislation known as Forest Rights Act and its relevance for tribal communities: Halting conversion of forest land for non-forest purposes

Millions of people live in and near India’s forest lands, but have no legal right to their homes, lands or livelihoods.  A few government officials have all power over forests and forest dwellers. The result? Both forests and people die.  … Continue reading

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