Category Archives: Forest Rights Act (FRA)

Our forests are ours again. In 2006, the government finally accepted the historical injustice meted out to Adivasis and passed the Forest Rights Act thus recognizing our rights to forests. – Adivasi Munnetra Sangam (photo caption, 2017 calendar)
Though the institution of Forest Rights Act is a policy action on the part of governments, local mobilisation among Tribal population, and non-governmental organisations have played an important role in its effective implementation. This area [the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra] has witnessed different forms of social mobilization under leaders coming from tribal communities. – Prof. V. Santhakumar (Azim Premji University, “It is possible to have a better life for Scheduled Tribes in India!”, 4 May 2018)
The Act makes concrete provisions to allow adivasis to enter the forest and continue using forest produce, on which they have depended for generations [like] the basket that was once woven in bamboo that was collected from the forest is now being replaced by plastic ones bought from the market. – Priyashri Mani (“Home is where the forest is”, Accord Gudalur)

Natural beauty and sustainability through people-centric forest management: A strong Adivasi movement that keeps the momentum going – Maharashtra

From ever green forests of western ghats to deciduous forest of Vidarbha, each region is bestowed with unique natural beauty. Jewels in the crown are the tiger reserves like Tadoba, Melghat, Pench and Sahyandri. Mowgli Land is inviting you, on … Continue reading

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Hopes for women’s empowerment: An unusual election victory in poverty-ridden Gadchiroli district – Maharashtra

The Newtons of Gadchiroli: tribals rise to power in local body polls Read the full story here >> […] This year, when Bollywood gave us Newton, the dark comedy about India’s democratic system, the tribals of Gadchiroli decided to give themselves … Continue reading

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Tip | Understanding India’s legislation known as Forest Rights Act and its relevance for tribal communities

Rajshree Chandra, The Indian Express, March 17, 2018 | Read the full article >> The FRA was enacted in 2006 with the aim of protecting the claims of tribal communities over tracts of land or forests they have inhabited and cultivated … Continue reading

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Tribal Identity and Resistance Narratives: Papers presented for “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference) – New Delhi

Plenary session 2: Tribal Identity and Resistance Narratives Chaired by: Padmashri Prof. Anvita Abbi, Formerly Professor in Linguistics, JNU, New Delhi, currently Hon. Director, Centre for Oral and Tribal Literature, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi & President, Linguistic Society of India. … Continue reading

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Sacred groves: Traditional practice and modern ecology

Sacred groves are maintained by many tribal communities across India, including Santals or those inhabiting the Nilgiri mountains of Tamil Nadu. Several ancestral forests, sacred streams and mountains – like those in the adjoining Wayanad region of Kerala and other … Continue reading

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