India’s Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of up to 8 million tribal and other forest-dwelling people, in what campaigners have described as “an unprecedented disaster,” and “the biggest mass eviction in the name of conservation, ever.” The ruling is in response to requests by Indian conservation groups to declare invalid the Forest Rights Act, […]
BANGKOK – Indigenous people in India’s northeastern Arunachal Pradesh State will get land ownership rights for the first time, but an expert said an expected rush of investment could deprive them of their livelihoods and trigger conflicts. The Arunachal Pradesh Land Settlement and Records Amendment Bill, 2018, passed earlier this month, gives ownership rights to […]
Throughout India today there are a total of 645 Adivasi communities recognized by the government. With a combined population of about 70 million, these communities maintain an impressive array of cultural identities, languages, customs and economies that go back millennia. But despite their resilience and their relative isolation from the perils of extreme extraction, Adivasis—the […]
Dokri and her Kondh community live in the remote hill range of Niyamgiri in the state of Odisha. India’s indigenous people–known as Adivasi, or first people–have lived in these forested areas for hundreds of years. The kondh community are seen as the gate keepers to these remote, resource rich fragile ecosystems. Maintaining a fine balance […]
India’s central government has walked away from its position on the need to obtain consent from Indigenous peoples and forest dwellers before handing their lands over to industry. On February 15, the central government announced that major “linear projects” such as roads, railways, transmission lines, canal systems and pipelines do not need to obtain consent […]
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