Category Archives: Forest Rights Act (FRA)

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: Customs that reflect religious sentiments while achieving more – Bastar

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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Documentary film on Santali writers by Sahitya Academy New Delhi – Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal

By Boro Baski First time in the history of Santali literature a full-fledged documentary film is being made on the lives and works on four well known Santal writers who have been writing for more than three decades. The first … 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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“Absence of a concept of ownership”: Karkala Conference on tribal communities – Karnataka

The Hindu, Karkala (Udupi District), April 18, 2010 Writer and former Vice-Chancellor of Hampi Kannada University Chandrashekhar Kambar said on Saturday that the Government should take help from sympathetic scholars belonging to tribal communities in understanding the needs and problems … Continue reading

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Documentary film “The Truth about Tigers” screened in tribal communities – Karnataka

A film maker considers tribal communities’ rights The Hindu, Bangalore, September 7, 2012 […] The documentary, titled The Truth about Tigers was made in English. It has since been translated to Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Kannada. “It has been screened widely … Continue reading

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Resilience in the face of modernization: India’s Supreme Court protects the Dongria’s right to living in Niyamgiri forests – Odisha

[…] Twelve Dongria villages have now unanimously voted against Vedanta’s mine during consultations ordered by India’s Supreme Court in April 2013, because their religious, cultural and social rights would be jeopardized if mining were to go ahead. Dongria leader Lodu … Continue reading

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Forest Department recruitment drive among forest-dwelling tribes: Protecting inhospitable forest terrain – Kerala

Ignatius Pereira, The Hindu, KOLLAM, May 24, 2013 State to conduct special recruitment drive Chinnappa Raja, chief of the Muduvan tribe in the Malakkapara forest areas of Thrissur district, is elated at the decision of the Forest Department to recruit 700 tribal … Continue reading

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Tip | Background information to understanding the context for India’s tribal heritage, past and present

Type  “adivasi socio economic ST government” in the custom search field here: Search select periodicals >> Then type other combinations of words, and names of persons or institutions of special interest to you (e.g. “mining tribe”). Please note   Type any word combination without above … Continue reading

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“We are nothing without the forest, and the forest is nothing without us”: Kattunayakans in the Nilgiris, one of the last few remaining honey gathering communities of the world – Tamil Nadu

Courtesy and images Priyashri Mani © Accord Gudalur 2013 Read the full story >> Living in the Nilgiris, the Kattunayakans are one of the last few remaining honey gathering communities of the world. Over many generations they have mastered the skills … Continue reading

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Tip | New category “Bees and honey”

The role of bees in any economy is well known. The disappearance of indigenous bee populations has therefore alarmed scientists all over the world: [B]ees are a crucial component of environmental ecosystems. They are responsible for the pollination of flowers, especially … Continue reading

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Traditional farming practiced by Baiga community: Planting 16 types of seeds every monsoon – Chhattisgarh

Meena Menon, The Hindu, August 5, 2012 View more photographs on thehindu.com >> The Baiga tribals in Chhattisgarh have been repeatedly facing displacement from their home and forest-dependant livelihood over the years with more areas being notified as reserve forests in … Continue reading

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Landless Kol tribe forest dwellers: Permission required to plant or use trees such as neem, amla and mahua – Uttar Pradesh

Omar Rashid, The Hindu, Allahabad, April 10, 2013 Though the Kols are anthropologically tribal, they are recognized as a Scheduled Caste in Uttar Pradesh. Not only has this deprived them of their traditional source of living-the forest, it has largely left … Continue reading

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Tip | Search articles on tribal history, politics and literature on Ramachandra Guha’s website

Type “adivasi”, “tribal”, a place name or any other word pertaining to the history of India’s indigenous peoples in the the Quick Search on Ramachandra Guha’s website >> Recommended name search: “Mahasweta Devi”, “Verrier Elwin” Read his commentary “The continuing tragedy of the adivasis” … Continue reading

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Indigenous communities’ decisions on traditional lands and habitats to be respected, based on information provided in a language accessible to them: Supreme Court ruling a great victory for indigenous rights – Odisha (Orissa)

Amnesty International, 18 April 2013 India: Landmark Supreme Court ruling a great victory for indigenous rights Today’s ruling by India’s Supreme Court that the Indigenous (Adivasi) communities will have the final decision on plans for a bauxite mine by a subsidiary … Continue reading

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The Western Ghats are no ordinary ecosystem: They constitute the water tower of peninsular India

Madhav Gadgil & Ligia Noronha, The Hindu, 2-5-13  […] This is a challenging time in India’s development history where a number of tenets of environmental governance are being questioned by the imperative of growth. Environmental governance in India is under … Continue reading

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Adivasis (Scheduled Tribes) are the largest tribal population in the world – World Directory of Minorities

From “Adivasis of India” (dated 2008) | Read the full article >> Alternative names: Scheduled Tribes, various tribal names e.g. Santhals, Hos, Mundas, Oraons, Gonds, Konds, Bhils etc. […] The Adivasis (original inhabitants) is the collective name used for the many tribal … Continue reading

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Book review: A Rogue and Peasant Slave by Shashank Kela

STAN THEKAEKARA, Indian Express, 5-1-2013 The Nine Per Cent An incisive account of adivasi survival, from colonial risings to contemporary insurgencies IS IT an anthropological study by an academic, a textbook by a historian, a political polemic by an activist … Continue reading

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Consent from tribals no longer required by Govt. of India: handing forestlands over for projects that affect sacred places of worship

Nitin Sethi, Times Of India,  Feb 16, 2013, NEW DELHI: The government has diluted its stand on requiring consent from tribals before handing over their forestlands for projects in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court on the Vedanta case. … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Saving the wildlife habitat and livelihood of indigenous population of the Niyamgiri Hills – Odisha (Orissa)

The Dongaria tribe along with other villagers of 150 villages of Rayagada district demonstrating before the Orissa State Assembly in 2005. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty courtesy The Hindu To view the entire slideshow published in The Hindu, Aug 24, 2010, click here >> … Continue reading

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India’s Supreme Court orders a “no-go” zone: protecting the Jarawa people’s dignity and health – Andaman & Nicobar

Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times Of India,  Jan 22, 2013 Supreme Court bars entry of tourists in Jarawa tribe habitat NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday wanted to know from Andaman & Nicobar Island administration whether it intended to keep in isolation the … Continue reading

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