Movement in the woods

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
FRA gives powers back to the people not only for using the resources but also for conservation and protection.

Forest Rights Act proposes to do away with historical injustices done to those living in and around forests. It might be a tribal sourcing out forest foods and cultivating the land or a non-tribal using the wood for building own house, the Act...

‘Every seed makes a political statement’

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
There are various crops which can help deal with specific health ailments and can grow in adverse conditions.

Seeds are related to our culture, health and social and national sovereignty. The fact that we know little about them signifies the marginalisation of traditional seeds in wake of hybrid seeds pushed by private companies and hailed by policy...

Land for all but Adivasis

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Nahar Singh with his fellow farmers.

Bhils of Dungarpur bought land from their erstwhile king without knowing that it had already been acquired by the government. While the royal family and the government fight over compensation, farmers continue to live under fear of eviction. All...

Think people, not vehicles

Thursday, March 5, 2015
The vehicle population in India increased from 5 million in 1980 to 145 million in 2011. Source: Tamal Mitra

In India, only 4 per cent of transportation is by private cars; but these contribute 20 per cent of passenger transport emission. The policy of encouraging private cars and neglecting public transportation makes transportation of both the car...

Irony of Indian farms

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Rural India has 90.2 million agricultural families with an average monthly income of just Rs 6,426.

It's an open secret that agriculture in India is stagnating. The latest situation assessment survey done by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) paints a bleaker picture. Rural India has 90.2 million agricultural families with an...