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The janjatiya way to nation-building

The Janjatiya Gaurav Divas celebration underscores the government’s dedication to the well-being and empowerment of marginalised groups.

Bhagwan Birsa Munda wasn’t just a protector of the forest. He stood as a guardian of socio-cultural values, sacrificing himself alongside his comrades in the fight against the British. (Shutterstock)
Published on Nov 15, 2023 10:17 PM IST

Forest conservation is the law. What does a new bill seek to amend?

The Forest Conservation Amendment Bill 2023 is expected to be tabled in the Parliament's Monsoon session. Key provisions of the bill have come under fire

One of the proposed clauses in the bill exempts prior clearance for strategic developmental projects of national importance on forest land situated within 100 km of international borders, which will include ecologically fragile regions of Himalayas that are home to a variety of endemic wildlife like the red panda(Parveen Kaswan)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 07:56 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Never-ending injustice: Forest Villages of Madhya Pradesh

Authored by Sharachchandra Lele, Distinguished Fellow and Venkat Ramanujam, post-doctoral research associate, Centre for Environment & Development, ATREE.

Adivasis cultivating land at the edge of a Forest Village.
Published on May 19, 2023 05:14 PM IST
ByHindustan Times

Further felling of trees in Aarey will destroy sustenance of remaining Adivasis

The Bhoyes, whose eviction has been stayed by a 2018 High Court order, are now the only family from Prajapur to continue practicing indigenous land use; harvesting fruits, tubers and a few vegetables for personal consumption and sale. The natural resources that allow them to do so are now under threat, with the MMRCL prepared to fell 124 trees in the area, of which 75 are tended to by the Bhoyes.

Mumbai, India - April 11, 2023: Contrary to what many believe, the 177 additional trees that the MMRCL is now seeking to cut in Aarey Colony for Metro-3, are not actually located in the contentious depot plot. They can be found some distance away on a hillock in Prajapur Pada, an Adivasi settlement, which has been practising agriculture and horticulture on project affected lands for decades. At least 75 of the earmarked trees, including jamun, jackfruit, chickoo and banana varieties, are situated on the land of the Bhoye family, belonging to the Kokna Scheduled Tribe, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 12, 2023 12:41 AM IST
ByPrayag Arora-Desai
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