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CJP’s Fantastic Four Meet the youth leaders who were awarded the CJP Grassroots Fellowship 2020-2021

It cannot be called a typical scholarship, given how the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) Grassroots Fellowship completed its first year in 2021, is unique in many ways. The four young people chosen this year have displayed rare talent and helped showcase stories of real people living with limited resources, often crushing poverty, in…

Maharashtra’s Katkaris strive to overcome isolation and deprivation Meet Mahesh and Vasudev, two young members of the tribe who want to bring about positive change through education

The Katkari community, an indigenous tribe, has struggled for centuries to join the mainstream. But now it looks like the youth of the community are taking it upon themselves to use education as a means to achieve that goal. My friend Mahesh Wagh (26), hails from the Dhasai village in Murbad. He has always been…

Hard work and resilience: The success story of two men from Jawhar Born into abject poverty, they overcame all obstacles to become financially independent

This report is part of CJP’s Grassroots Fellowship Program, and has been written by Mamta Pared who hails from the Warli tribe and lives with her family in Nimbavali village in Palghar district. The daughter of brick kiln workers, Mamta wants to be a journalist, and is working on earning a master’s degree in journalism…

Have you ever heard the hypnotic notes of the Tarpa pipe? The Warli art of making music from gourds, bamboos and an ancient playbook of memories

It looks as unusual as it sounds, a bulbous pot-bellied gourd on one end, merging into slender bamboo on the other. You may have seen it in the centre of some traditional Warli wall paintings, where a Tarpa player is the core of the spiral of dancers, who seem to be moving in unison under…

In Pictures: A Walk Through Aarey A glimpse into the life of Warli Adivasis in the Aarey forest

A lot has been said about the need to save trees in the Aarey forest and protect the green cover of the concrete jungle that Mumbai has become. However, very few people are familiar with the fact that the Aarey forest is also home to Warli Adivasis, who have inhabited the area for decades. Multiple…

Prakash Bhoir, an adivasi who says conservation is in the culture of his people

Meet this Lover of the Aarey Forest, Prakash Bhoir Reclaiming Forest Land, One Tree at a Time

Prakash Bhoir is a fiery Adivasi activist from Aarey, whose consistent initiatives have helped shed light on the condition of Adivasis in this forest. The Aarey forest, located in the Northern suburbs of Mumbai, is the only green cover in the area, and is known for its lush greenery, with tall trees, grasslands and rocky…

Aarey's adivasis are fighting against losing land that they feel is historically theirs

How Adivasis in Aarey are at risk of losing their land and livelihood CJP supports the struggle of Warli Adivasis

Adivasis in Aarey at risk of losing their land, their homes, and their livelihood due to the proposed Metro shed, which is also a threat to Mumbai’s precious green cover. Even as the fight to preserve the city’s limited tree cover is waged, the rights of the Adivasis in the area must be protected. The…

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