Category Archives: Networking

“It is their community, so they should take responsibility for it and direct the enterprise in a way they think will benefit their development.” – B Ramdas, co-founder of Viswa Bharati Vidyodaya Trust (VBVT) in “The story of YouTube channel Kaathadi and how it’s empowering tribal communities in TN” by Megha Kaveri ( Education, 18 July 2020)

“The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) is set to tell the National Green Tribunal that it created 243,499 biodiversity management committees (BMC) and 95,525 people’s biodiversity registers (PBR) as of January 2020, a source said. The green bench is hearing a case on the full implementation of the Biodiversity Act, 2002. BMCs are created for “promoting conservation, sustainable use and documentation of biological diversity” by local bodies across the country, according to the NBA. […]
The new system [people’s biodiversity registers (PBR) with ‘comprehensive information on availability and knowledge of local biological resources’] will also protect intellectual property rights over traditional knowledge; information will not be shared without consent.” – Ishan Kukreti in “Most biodiversity panels now in place, National Biodiversity Authority to tell NGT” (Down to Earth, 18 February 2020)

“Government–NGO partnership models by PRIA and Gram Vikas have helped communities and Gram Panchayats to work together in Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand for creation and maintenance of water and sanitation structures and activating their district planning committees. ” – Programme report on Tribal nutrition: “UNICEF’s efforts to support the tribal population, especially children who suffer from malnourishment”

“Video Volunteers is made up of excluded people – Dalits, Muslims, Adivasi and women. All of them come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. […] It’s a bold innovative campaign. Surely a few steps forward in this decades old fight for a human existence.” – Stalin K. interviewed by Mari Marcel Thekaekara (May 11, 2012)

“People record their messages in Hindi and Chhattisgarhi, and some in Kuduk and Gondi dialects. Sahu files her reports in Chhattisgarhi. The system — called CGnet Swara — is fairly simple. […] It’s the voice of the tribals in an area where issues related to them are hardly mentioned in the mainstream media.” – Story on CGnet Swara and the Chhattisgarh Network website, The Telegraph (Calcutta, 30 May 2010)

“It has also been observed that the one thing common to most weaves and motifs is the role of women as creators.” – Avantika Bhuyan (interviewing members the North East Network) in “Folklore, myths and handloom” (Livemint, 1 December 2017) 

“Bring your know-how from your countries and communities. Air, water, earth… They have no borders.” – Carlo Petrini, co-founder of the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN), quoted in “Eat, pray, love” (The Hindu, 10 November 2012)

“In this period of ecological catastrophes like climate change, the tribal way of life shows the alternatives we need to promote peace, sustainability and justice.” – Declaration on Adivasi Swaraj by Navdanya (a network of seed keepers and organic producers across 16 states in India)

“The nation’s ‘primary conservers’ – often tribal farmers – are now seen as ‘guardians of biological diversity’.” – Video message by scientist M.S. Swaminathan whose research foundation (MSSRF) was founded with proceeds from the First World Food Prize (1987) and remains committed to the livelihoods of rural communities.

“PARI is not only archiving invaluable materials about rural India, but also developing a cadre of knowledgeable reporters who can report from rural India about its realities. […] It will strengthen its efforts to have subalterns speak for themselves; for instance, adivasi women shoot their own videos that are posted on the site.” – Jael Silliman in “Voices from the countryside” by (The Telegraph, 12 November 2016)

“Sanjeevani, an NGO working among Girijans [hill dwelling communities], with the help of another NGO Samata and CRYNET, a network of rural youth organisations, organises the old seeds festival every year at different villages. […] The old seeds festival is organised to encourage farmers to retain and to protect seeds of many varieties of high quality seeds which are facing a threat due to changing food habits and farm practices. There is also a threat to biodiversity if the seeds are not protected and promoted. Through our Paata Vittanala Pandaga we are also creating awareness among the people, NGOs and the Government.” – P. Devullu (Secretary, Sanjeevani) interviewed by by G Narasimha Rao (The Hindu, 29 April 2013)

The relevance of Gandhi’s legacy for solving modern India’s socio-economic problems: Addressing the needs of peasants, labourers, students and tribals

In a year GDP contracted 7.7 per cent, and as we brace for another round of ‘reverse’ migrations, and as the farmers wait unheeded at the gates of Delhi, Indian billionaires reached record levels of wealth. […] The ranks of … Continue reading

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“Nobody progresses without opposition” – Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti

“Nobody progresses without opposition. New Delhi : 1-9–1946″ – Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS) was formed in September 1984 by the merger of Gandhi Darshan at Rajghat and Gandhi Smriti, at 5, Tees January Marg as an … Continue reading

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“I feel that you are a part of me and I will never forget you”: Tribal elder in a travel account by historian Runoko Rashidi – Looking at India through African Eyes

As I am now in the process of completing the finishing touches on a French language collection of my essays on the African presence in Asia I find myself reviewing and evaluating the body of work that I have been … Continue reading

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Preserving and protecting cultural heritage – Zonal Cultural Centers

The idea for Zonal Cultural Centers germinated in the mind of our late Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. At his instance, several centers were set up. They represent the effort on the part of the Government and the people to preserve … Continue reading

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The Great Story-Wall Project – storytelling tour across India

There is a need to reclaim descriptions of the tribes; the onus must reside with the tribes themselves, since they have endured these portrayals for far too long. Richard Kamei in “Uncivilising the Mind: How anthropology shaped the discourse on … Continue reading

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