Ten years of the Forest Rights Act: Opportunity lost?

 Hari Bandhu Kanhar (45 years) is a Gond tribal of Jhankarmunda village, district Bolangir, Odisha whose family recently received legal title over his forest land under the Forest Rights Act, 2006. On being asked about the difference of being landless and having a land title, he shared that...

Why the CAF bill conflicts with the Forest Rights Act?

Land is an asset, a source of income, a sense of security and a symbol of dignity. No wonder wars have been fought over land between nations and within families. For any society it becomes important to put rules and regulation for resolution of conflicts. A framework of justice guides formulation...

Implementing the Forest Rights Act: Lack of Political Will?

Historically, usage and access of forest resources by India’s Adivasi community and other forest dwellers have been considered as encroachment and their efforts of forest land acquisition have been used as evidence of their anti-development attitude. Government policy has continued to deny them...

Privatising Forests: A Bad Idea

Sharelines @OxfamIndia explains why forests in the country should not be privatised. Read here. http://bit.ly/1LROgKKIf private players ‘manage’ forests in India, where would the Adivasis go? Read more. http://bit.ly/1LROgKK There has not been a dull moment on the Indian forest scenario in...

In ‘campaign mode’, states flout FRA rules

SharelinesIn campaign mode, are states flouting FRA rules? @OxfamIndia tries to provide the answer. Read here. Read on. http://bit.ly/1iyZXsw The deadline has been set for settling claims under #FRA, but how are the states faring? @OxfamIndia answers. http://bit.ly/1iyZXsw Prime Minister Narendra...

“I will not leave my forest. I will keep my jungle”

Sharelines “I will not leave my forest. I will keep my jungle.” Know the importance of CFR. http://bit.ly/1IZuW9P Half of India’s forests fall within the purview of the CFR. Read more about it here. http://bit.ly/1IZuW9P “Moro jongola chadi binaai” “Moro jongola munh rokhibi”(I will not leave my...