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This is the land of our ancestors: Adivasi man writes to CJP Bihar man recounts abuse inflicted by Forest Department

“We are fighting the Forest Department for our right to the water, the forests and the land. We say that all of this [forests] is ours and shall remain ours. This forest is our livelihood. This is our ancestor’s land. We have been living here forever,” said 65-year-old Adivasi, Ram Surat Singh. However, the frustrated…

जल, जंगल, जमीन हमारा था, है और हमारा ही रहेगा – राम सूरत सिंह बुजुर्ग आदिवासी की जुबानी, वन विभाग के उत्पीड़न की कहानी

आदिवासी अपनी जल, जंगल जमीन को बचाने की जद्दोजहद में निरंतर जुटे हैं। बिहार के अधौरा के बरडीह गांव निवासी 65 वर्षीय बुजुर्ग आदिवासी राम सूरत सिंह ने अपनी पीड़ा CJP के साथ शेयर की है। इस दौरान उन्होंने बड़े ही मार्मिक तरीके से बताया कि वे अपनी आजीविका चलाने के लिए किस तरह का…

Legal muscle to defend Forest Rights Day 2 of CJP webinar sheds light on laws and their implementation

Day 2 of the CJP webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19 saw a more in-depth discussion on the law and how its lax implementation had left millions of forest dwellers vulnerable. The webinar started with a beautiful song by the Adivasi women from Tharu tribe of Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh about the struggle of the villagers of Kajaria.…

वनाधिकार कानून की बात करनी है तो गोली खाने को रहे तैयार! वे डरते हैं कि इक दिन निहत्थे और ग़रीब लोग उनसे डरना बंद कर देगें

बिहार के इस चुनावी माहौल में जिला कैमूर के अधौरा प्रखंड़ में अपने जल, जंगल और ज़मीन के हक़ों के लिए संघर्ष कर रहे आदिवासीयों पर पुलिस द्वारा बरबर गोलियां बरसाई गई। 11 सितंबर 2020 को पुलिस और वन विभाग ने निहत्थे आदिवासीयों पर गोली चालन किया जिसमें 3 लोग घायल हो गए और काफी…

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पितृसत्ता को चुनौती देती एक आदिवासी राजकुमारी कहती हैं कि वो एक माई (मां) हैं और धरती (जमीन) भी माई - इसमें पितृसत्ता कहां से आई?

पितृसत्ता, सिर्फ पुरुषों द्वारा महिलाओं के खिलाफ की गई यौन हिंसा भर नहीं है बल्कि एक ऐसी व्यवस्था है जो महिलाओं के जीवन के हर पहलू को नियंत्रित करती है। बचपन से लेकर बुढ़ापे तक। यहां तक कि उनकी कोख तक को नियंत्रित करती है। लेकिन पितृसत्ता का प्रभाव इतना भर नहीं है। इसमें हर…

Struggle for Forest Rights in India stretches from East to West Part-2 of CJP’s webinar reveals how grassroot activists from West Bengal to Maharashtra still struggle for Forest Rights

In the second leg, CJP and AIUFWP’s webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19, moved from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to other parts of the country. Grassroot activists from West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra joined moderator and CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad to share stories of how they continued a peaceful struggle for forest rights,…

Gram Sabha Resolutions add vigour to Forest Rights movement Delhi based research group prepares sample resolutions with all legal provisions

In a bid to strengthen gram sabhas across the country, a paper titled ‘Power To People, Power To Gram Sabha’ has been published by Legal Resource Centre, Delhi, written by Sanghamitra Dubey and Puja. A sample Gram Sabha Resolution has been prepared which can be used as a guide for them to pass resolutions to…

Lilasi Adivasis get death threats for opposing land grab attempt Write letter to various authorities alleging complicity of local police

In yet another act of impunity, Adivasis protesting illegal construction on forest land were chased away by hired thugs who allegedly threatened to burn them alive if the Adivasis ever returned to the site. The incident took place in Lilasi village that falls under the jurisdiction of the Muirpur police station in Sonebhadra district of Uttar…

Jal, Jungle, Zamin: Glimpses into the March for Forest Rights A look into the "Sansad Gherao" organised on November 21, 2019

On November 21, the nation’s Adivasis came to New Delhi in droves to stand before the Indian Parliament and demanded that their rights to jal, jungle, zamin be recognized by the State. The movement was organised by Bhumi Adhikar Andolan along with other forest rights groups such as All India Kisan Sabha, All India Union…

Police Brutality against UP Adivasis

Mass protests & Sansad Gherao against continued Adivasi evictions on Nov 21 Despite SC stay, forest dwellers continue to be harassed by the government

Bhumi Adhikar Andolan and forest rights groups have planned multi-level protests in response to the unrelenting violation of people’s rights and dilution of Forest Rights Act, despite a Supreme Court stay on evictions. From November 17, 2019 onward, state, district and village level actions have been planned by movement groups to protest these violations. The…

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