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Lobby of Corporate Interests, Bureaucrats and Mafia looting Forest Land: Roma Part 1 of a two part EXCLUSIVE video interview

In an exclusive conversation with CJP Secretary Teesta Setalvad, Roma Malik highlights the illegality of the February 2019 Supreme Court order (later stayed), the challenges in the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, the farce of pitting arguments of survival of forest dwellers versus wildlife conservancy and many more issues. The first part of…

A Dalit Woman’s resilience forms the bedrock of the Forest Rights struggle in Sonbhadra Shobha's journey to secure her forest rights has been over uneven terrain

Located in a peculiarly odd terrain, Badi is a set of small huts spread across small hillocks on uneven land just adjacent to National Highway 39, connecting Robertsganj and Renukoot. Badi falls in the Chopan block of the Robertsganj taluka, Sonbhadra district. A long stretch of land lies bare, baking in the blazing sun. Families here live in…

A Commitment to Forest Rights could change the course of the 2019 General Election A campaign for implementation of the FRA could capture 133 seats

Poor implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA) which legalises the land rights of India’s 200 million forest dwellers, could be, if made into a vibrant election issue, become a deciding factor in how a fourth, i.e. 25 per cent (133 of 543) constituencies vote in the coming general election. A detailed analysis by the…

What should a Campaign for Forest Rights demand in 2019? Strengthening conservation efforts and transforming forest management are key focus areas

Evidence from the ground shows that rights holders that have rigorously used FRA 2006, specially its community rights provisions, to achieve the following goals: Transforming forest management to meet local livelihood and cultural needs; Ensuring food security and poverty alleviation; Securing gender justice and rights of women over land and forest; Strengthening conservation efforts and…

A daughter awaits her father, an activist working on the Forest Rights Act in Sonbhadra UP

Forest Rights: A daughter awaits her father’s return in Sonbhadra’s Lilasi Nexus of UP Police, Forest Dept. officials and brokers destroy Nandu Gond’s home

It was a windy day with fragmented, asymmetrical clouds spread across the sky. Yellow mustard plants swayed with the force of the wind, as did the wheat crops. We visited Lilasi village, a site of bitter conflict, even bloodshed, between state forces, the forest department and the forest dwelling community (Gond Adivasis). It was February…

Spaces of Higher Education are the New Battlegrounds of Inequality: Abhay Xaxa Everyday struggles of Adivasis and their limited representation in Social Media

Adivasis or India’s indigenous people have faced centuries of oppression and exploitation. Today they fight a battle on many fronts. The first against a powerful nexus of industrialists, bureaucrats and the police who have made successive attempts made to usurp their forests, land and water resources. The second in institutes of higher learning against systemic exclusion…

Dalits, Peacemakers

The Republic of Memory Lost A Poem by Adivasi Rights activist Abhay Xaxa

Dear Republic, When your best citizens are killed on the streets, and piled in the jails. While the traitors adorn your high offices. Something is terribly wrong with you! When the apologists of empire become nationalists, And defense of constitution becomes act of rebellion, You suffer from acute loss of memory! Before people reach out…

वन अधिकार रक्षकों के पक्ष में आया अलाहाबाद हाईकोर्ट का फ़ैसला आदेश है कि किसी दावेदार को न झेलनी पड़े परेशानी

वन अधिकार अधिनियम 2006 के तहत दावों को दर्ज करने वाले वन श्रमिकों और आदिवासियों के लिए हाईकोर्ट का ये आदेश एक बड़ी जीत की तरह है. अलाहाबाद उच्च न्यायालय ने अपने इस फैसले में न केवल वन अधिकारों को मान्यता दी है, बल्कि यह भी सुनिश्चित करने का आदेश दिया है कि दावेदारों के साथ…

Sonbhadra Adivasis

किस्मतिया और सुखदेव हुए रिहा, लेकिन यूपी पुलिस का ग्रामीणों पर अत्याचार अब भी जारी घर के बाहर पुलिस धमकी भरे नोटिस चिपका रही है

उत्तर प्रदेश पुलिस सोनभद्र क्षेत्र के आदिवासियों को अब भी लगातार परेशान कर रही है. किस्मतिया और सुखदेव गोंड को तीन महीनों के कारावास से रिहाई मिलने के बाद अब  पुलिस ने लिलासी के एक अन्य ग्रामीण नंदू गोंड को परेशान करना शुरू कर दिया है. CJP ने पाया कि पुलिस ने उसके घर के बाहर…

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