What is the Forest Rights Act about? Who is a forest dweller under this law, and who gets rights? – Campaign for Survival and Dignity

Millions of people live in and near India’s forest lands, but have no legal right to their homes, lands or livelihoods.  A few government officials have all power over forests and forest dwellers. The result? Both forests and people die.  This Act recognises forest dwellers’ rights and makes conservation more accountable. | Read more >>

[…] For the first time, this law also gives the community the right to protect and manage the forest. Section 3(1) (i) provide a right and a power to conserve community forest resources, while section 5 gives the community a general power to protect wildlife, forests, etc. This is vital for the thousands of village communities who are protecting their forests and wildlife against threats from forest mafias, industries and land grabbers, most of whom operate in connivance with the Forest Department.

Source: What is the Forest Rights Act about?
Address : https://www.forestrightsact.com/what-is-this-act-about
Date Visited: 31 July 2020

[Bold typeface added above for emphasis]

Forest dwellers in early India – myths and ecology in historical perspective: The forest was never far away from habitation. For instance, excavations of the settlements at Atranjikhera and Hastinapur, which are not too far from Delhi, have yielded evidence of a large variety of forest trees. The Buddhist Canon states that aside from the village and its outskirts, the rest of the land is jungle. Travelling from one town to another meant going through a forest. Therefore, when in exile, the forest was not a physically distant place, although distant in concept. – Romila Thapar (Emeritus Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University) | Continue readinghttps://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5851

Laws relating to forest protection in India a study with special reference to rights of forest dwellers

https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/handle/10603/204338

PhD thesis by Manleen Kaur (Department of Law, Panjab University 2017)

The present study relates to the legislations concerning forest protection and recognition of the rights forest dwellers. This study has tried to understand the problems faced by forest dwellers. It has endeavours to study the reasons behind the degredation of environment even though a pack of forest legislations exist. The questions which have been addressed in the research work are: firstly whether the existing laws ensure a greener tomorrow and secondly whether they give adequate opportunity to the forest dwellers to recognize forest rights and avail formal benefits.

Tips | Find details for search results from Shodhganga: a reservoir of Indian theses: Descriptions and associated PDF files available for browsing and downloading >>

Tips for using interactive maps

  1. toggle to normal view (from reader view) should the interactive map not be displayed by your tablet, smartphone or pc browser
  2. for more details (some with hyperlinks), click on the map button seen on the left top
  3. scroll and click on one of the markers for information of special interest
  4. explore India’s tribal cultural heritage with the help of another interactive map >>

See also

India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. It has achieved all-round socio-economic progress since Independence. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.

Source: States and Union Territories – About India
URL: https://knowindia.gov.in/states-uts/
Date visited: 16 April 2020

Learn more about India’s 28 States and 8 Union Territories – From Andhra Pradesh to West Bengal >>

[Bold typeface added above for emphasis]

Tip | Health and the nutritional value of indigenous grains, seeds and millets: “The tribal food basket has always been ­diverse and nutritious” >>

How India compares with the world
Graphic by Praveen G. & Damayanti Datta
© Outlook India (14 August 2019)
Full size viewing >>
Tip | Health and the nutritional value of indigenous grains, seeds and millets:
“The tribal food basket has always been diverse and nutritious” >>

Up-to-date reports in the Indian press | More search options >>

  • for a list of periodicals included per search, please check below or here >>
  • to search Indian magazines, web portals and other sources safely, click here >>

Technical support | No Custom Search window or media contents visible on this page? Then try these steps: (1) switch from “Reader” to regular viewing; (2) in your browser’s Security settings select “Enable JavaScript”; (3) check Google support for browsers and devices. More tips >>

Research the above issues with the help of Shodhganga: A reservoir of theses from universities all over India, made available under Open Access >>

About website administrator

Secretary of the foundation
This entry was posted in Accountability, Democracy, FAQ, Forest Rights Act (FRA), History, Quotes, Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Bookmark the permalink.