News Click | Shahnawaz Akhtar | May 11, 2019
Jharkhand is angry, but will the opposition be able to turn it in their favour?
Ranchi: As Jharkhand is all prepared for the third phase of Lok Sabha Elections, in which voters from Dhanbad, Giridih, Singhbhum and Jamshedpur constituencies will exercise their franchises. Last week people of Ranchi, Khunti, Hazaribagh and Koderma have cast their vote. Read more
Down To Earth | Abhijit Mohanty | 08 May 2019
The tribal communities are paying a brutal price for governments’ agenda to boost safari, create protected areas and attract tourism
Several research studies have revealed that stewardship by forest-dwelling communities considerably slows the rate of forest degradation. Since mitigating and adapting to climate change requires sustainable forests management, the tribal people who have been living in and around the forest for millennia could play a key role. Read more
Scroll.in| May 6, 2019
Nearly 200 landless Adivasis have been protesting for over a week after they were forcibly evicted from the Thovarimala forest in Wayanad.
On April 21, Priyanka Gandhi arrived in Kalpetta in Kerala’s Wayanad parliamentary constituency to campaign for her brother, the Congress candidate Rahul Gandhi. That same day, 25 km to the east in Thovarimala, around 200 landless Adivasi men, women and children took over a piece of forestland. They cleared some bush trees, erected huts covered over with tarpaulin and vowed to stay put until the state government gave each of their families two acres of cultivable land. Read more
India Legal | Debi Goenka | May 5, 2019
A letter by the environment ministry to state governments undermining the powers of gram sabhas has elicited a stiff reaction from the tribal affairs ministry
In a strongly worded letter, the ministry of tribal affairs (MoTA) has asked the environment ministry to “modify” a letter which it issued to all state governments in February 2019. The letter apparently undermines the powers of gram sabhas, provided under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, with regard to forest clearance proposals. It said that compliance with the Act was not required for getting Stage-1 or “in principle” forest clearances. It said such compliance could be carried out in the time period provided between Stage 1 and the final approval for meeting the conditions required to secure the final clearance stage. Read more
The Hindu | April 30, 2019
Village committees to decide whether to vote or not
Ajit Munda (name changed) of Bhandra village in the tribal-dominated Khunti district of Jharkhand, reveals barely any emotion at the prospect of voting for the first time in his life. The 19-year-old is not esure if he can even get to the polling booth on May 6.
A huge green-painted stone plaque, known locally as Pathalgadi, sits at the entrance to Bhandra, about 6 km from the district headquarters. The plaque features excerpts from the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, or PESA, and is considered by the tribal people as an assertion of their rights. Read more