Category Archives: Nature and wildlife

“We – forest-dependent communities, supported by others – declare: The natural forests are a nurturing mother to us. Our very identities, cultures and world-views are closely linked to the forests that provide our primary needs. […] Our cultures discourage greed, the root of scarcity, harm and sorrow.” – An appeal for a new consciousness of empathy and wise governance to protect our rich natural heritage, culture, and harmonious collective future 
www.kisanswaraj.in/2014/12/31/forest-foods-and-ecology/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=16371

“There is a need to explore the tribal consciousness in the backdrop of climate change, development, and deforestation.” – Deepanwita Gita Niyogi in “India’s Adivasi Identity in Crisis” (Pulitzer Center May 27, 2021)
https://pulitzercenter.org/projects/indias-adivasi-identity-crisis
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=17554

“Irrespective of differences in lifestyle, all tribals possess an unconditional love for nature.” – Tribal scholar writer K. Vasamalli on the occasion of a two-day meet organised by Sahitya Akademi in association with Jharkhandi Bhasha Sahitya Sanskriti Akhra to commemorate the birth centenary of Alice Ekka, the country’s first acclaimed woman tribal writer (The Telegraph, Jharkhand, 8 September 2017)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22856

“Historically, India’s environmental movement has revolved around wildlife conservation — tigers, leopards, elephants — yet there was little inclusion of sustainability in our models of development. […] Our task is to retain urban biodiversity and augment it. […] We’ve now started a joint project with the government to create a garden and learning resource center for school children. We’ll teach about edible landscaping, butterfly gardens, sensory gardens, vertical landscapes, and urban bee keeping. We’ll need these concepts as the population rises and the land area shrinks. […] By and large, the middle class and the educated are changing and becoming an important voice. They are the voice demanding change and action from the government.” – Rashneh Pardiwala in “Why It’s Hard to ‘Change Mindsets’ on Environmental Protection Among India’s Elites”; interview on environmental education at her Centre for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) in Mumbai (Asia Blog, 27 July 2015)
https://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/interview-why-its-hard-change-mindsets-environmental-protection-among-indias-elites
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=11066

“For centuries tribals have lived peacefully with nature. 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. Precisely at the time when we need to learn from tribals, to defend the future of our civilisation, and humanity the future of the tribals is itself under threat.” – Declaration on Adivasi Swaraj by Navdanya (a network of seed keepers and organic producers across 16 states in India)
https://navdanya.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79:declaration-on-adivasi-swaraj&catid=12:earth-democracy
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6068

“The hermitage [asrama] is set so deep in the forest that it is almost another world, enveloped in a translucent green of sun and trees. […] The asrama is at one level an intrusion into the forest by the people of the grama [village], an intrusion sought to be stemmed by those living in the forest. […] Was the threat to forest dwellers a way of preventing the illegal clearing of forests and of curbing shifting cultivation?” – Romila Thapar (Emeritus Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University) in “Perceiving the Forest: Early India Studies” (History, February 2001)
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/025764300101700101
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5851

“India has arguably had the technology to wipe out most animals for centuries, but more that half of the world tigers and two-thirds of the worlds Asian Elephants continue to live alongside people, themselves packed in at about 450 in every square kilometre. Should the Indian conservation ethos build on this long religious and cultural ‘tolerance’ to wildlife or should we completely ignore it and copy everyone else in the world?” – Tarsh Thekaekara (thesholatrust.org) in “The Human Elephant (Wildlife) Relationship” (May 2014)
www.thesholatrust.org/elephants/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22634

“The Centrally Sponsored Umbrella Scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats […] would result in resource generation through tourist visits, thereby fostering in securing tiger source areas and other areas important for wildlife conservation, besides being helpful in sustaining life support systems as well as ensuring the food, water and livelihood security. The implementation of the schemes would be done through the respective States in designated Tiger Reserves, Protected Areas and Elephant Reserves.”  – Government of India’s Umbrella Scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats beyond 12th Plan (Press Information Bureau, 5 September 2018)
https://pib.gov.in/Pressreleaseshare.aspx?PRID=1545068
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=4226

“Dams, irrigation and factory farms are linked to 25% of infectious diseases in humans. Travel, transport and food supply chains have erased borders and distances. Climate change has contributed to the spread of pathogens. […] The science is clear that if we keep exploiting wildlife and destroying our ecosystems, then we can expect to see a steady stream of [zoonotic] diseases jumping from animals to humans in the years ahead. […] To prevent future outbreaks, we must become much more deliberate about protecting our natural environment.” – Inger Andersen (Under-secretary general and executive director of the UN Environment Programme), quoted in “Coronavirus: Fear over rise in animal-to-human diseases” (BBC News, 6 July 2020)
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53314432
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22575

Museums of Happiness & No Going Back – Peer Learning Programme

The peer learning programme builds on the particular power of museums to draw on past stories of rapid transition and transformation; and inspire museums and their communities to shape new stories and actions to address the climate and ecological emergency. … Continue reading

Posted in Assimilation, Commentary, Community facilities, Cultural heritage, Ecology and environment, Economy and development, Education and literacy, History, Modernity, Museum collections - general, Museum collections - India, Networking, Organizations, Performing arts, Quotes, Revival of traditions, Success story | Comments Off on Museums of Happiness & No Going Back – Peer Learning Programme

Slideshow | “Visible Work, Invisible Women” by photographer P. Sainath

Selected for the Grand Prize for promoting civil cooperation through his writing Noted journalist P. Sainath has been selected as one of the three recipients of the Fukuoka Prize for 2021. Mr. Sainath will receive the ‘Grand Prize’ of the … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood and children, Customs, Dress and ornaments, Economy and development, Education and literacy, Forest Rights Act (FRA), Health and nutrition, Homes and utensils, Media portrayal, Names and communities, Photos and slideshows, Press snippets, Quotes, Rural poverty, Storytelling, Success story, Tribal elders, Women | Comments Off on Slideshow | “Visible Work, Invisible Women” by photographer P. Sainath

Ecological issues are not a matter of luxury, but a matter of survival

Environmentalism of the poor For many disadvantaged communities in developing countries, ecological issues are not a matter of luxury, but a matter of survival. In India, protests and social movements are expressing these worries. By Sunita Narain All over India … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Adivasi / Adibasi, Adverse inclusion, Biodiversity, Colonial policies, Commentary, Democracy, Ecology and environment, Economy and development, Globalization, History, Media portrayal, Misconceptions, Organizations, Quotes, Revival of traditions, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Rural poverty | Comments Off on Ecological issues are not a matter of luxury, but a matter of survival

Adivasi societies – a heterogeneous set of ethnic and tribal groups in South Asia

Adivasi (a Hindi word that literally means the original inhabitants) is a term for a heterogeneous set of ethnic and tribal groups believed to be the aboriginal population of India. Adivasi societies are present in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Activities, Adivasi / Adibasi, Colonial policies, Community facilities, Democracy, Economy and development, Education and literacy, Figures, census and other statistics, Government of India, Health and nutrition, History, Modernity, Names and communities, Nature and wildlife, Networking, Organizations, Quotes, Rural poverty, Seasons and festivals, Social conventions, Tribal culture worldwide, Tribal identity, Websites by tribal communities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Adivasi societies – a heterogeneous set of ethnic and tribal groups in South Asia

Memories of life in a remote Bhil hamlet on the Narmada river: “Poor but not impoverished” – Maharashtra

The Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has been setup under the final orders and decision of the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal (NWDT) as a machinery for implementation of its directions and decision. The authority started functioning from 20th December, 1980. | … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Anthropology, Assimilation, Central region – Central Zonal Council, Commentary, Customs, De- and re-tribalisation, Dress and ornaments, Economy and development, Education and literacy, Figures, census and other statistics, Forest Rights Act (FRA), Government of India, Health and nutrition, History, Misconceptions, Modernity, Music and dance, Names and communities, Narmada, Nature and wildlife, Organizations, Press snippets, Quotes, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Rural poverty, Tribal culture worldwide, Worship and rituals | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Memories of life in a remote Bhil hamlet on the Narmada river: “Poor but not impoverished” – Maharashtra