Do the poor continue to be poor because we don’t understand poverty sufficiently? Indian vs. global economists’ perceptions

Chapal Mehra, The Hindu, December 10, 2013 | Read the full article here >> […] Arbitrary definitions of poverty determined by groups of economists, often employed by the government, who use …

“Irulas are very knowledgeable about medicinal plants”: Interview with Zai Whitaker, Director of the Irula Tribal Women’s Welfare Society – Tamil Nadu

The ITWWS is a women’s community-based development organization established in 1986. It was founded with the aim of protecting natural resources, empowering Irula women and using the Irula tribal knowledge …

eBook | The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights & Human Rights Day (10 December)

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. …

Training Kota, Irula, Toda and Kurumba women of the Nilgiris: Earth Trust preserves ancestral knowledge for health care, education and income generation – Tamil Nadu

Esther Elias, The Hindu, Sunday Magazine, October 20, 2012Read the full article and view more photos here >>  Vanya Orr walks the villages and forests of the Nilgiris to create …

Exclusive right for commercial production of Singpho community’s traditional rice varieties – Assam

Sushanta Talukdar, Guwahati, June 19, 2011 Cooked Miaotong rice remains fresh for at least three days Two traditional rice varieties produced by the Singphos — Miaotong and Khawlung, used in making …

Schooling of Scheduled Tribes in India: Lessons from the indigenous people of Brazil – Odisha

Amarendra Das and I have visited a set of schools in the tribal villages of the Gajapati district of Odisha state (in India) early this year. Since these tribal communities …

Ekalavya and Drona shape collective expectations from a teacher and a student: Ekalavya branded residential schools in tribal areas

Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) for tribal children is another ambitious programme under which 740 EMRS will be established in tribal dominated areas in the next three years. Source: “Education …

Time for an apology to the world’s Indigenous peoples: Residential schools, exploitation of natural resources and ill treatment in the name of “progress”

One of many broken agreements was that children were to be educated “whenever the Indians of the reserve shall desire it” in schools on the reserves. But rather than instruction …