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)

Slideshow | Museum of Santal Culture at “A Unique Exhibition – Cluster of Museums” – World Heritage Week 2021

Presentation: Museum of Santal Culture (Bishnubati) organized by Kolkata Centre for Creativity and Paschimbanga Sangrahalaya Samiti on the occasion of World Heritage Week – Photos courtesy Dr. Boro Baski (by email 20 November 2021) “The Museum of Santal Culture is located … Continue reading

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In support of language diversity and cultural diversity – Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

Today, our world is experiencing a rapid decline in cultural diversity and the eradication of indigenous peoples and their lifeway. One in five people in the world speak the same language: Mandarin Chinese. Spoken by the largest single ethnic group … Continue reading

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Video | Portraits of Dayamani Barla known as the “Iron Lady of Jharkhand”

Ballad of Resistance is a video portrait of indigenous tribal journalist and activist Dayamani Barla, her perseverance and tireless fight against corporations and the state machinery. The film follows how she, from a humble background became one of the pioneering … Continue reading

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Exceptionally beautiful performance by Bastar music and dance band – Chhattisgarh

Watch a Video >> Lively: Bastar Band from Chhattisgarh Bastar Band, a music and dance band from Bastar, Chhattisgarh, which was formed two years back aims at taking different tribal dance forms and music to the doorsteps of the urban folk. … Continue reading

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Audio | “We are all in this boat together”: Climate Justice (BBC Green Thinking)

There is a great benefit in sharing knowledge across countries, across communities as well, and in a way that we can incorporate different areas of research in a combined and holistic way; and take into account both specific needs and … Continue reading

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