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Forest Dwellers
India  /  Published 06.03.19

Delhi: Scan each forest rejection

The Centre has asked all states to re-examine each claim to land rights rejected under the Forest Rights Act amid a looming threat of eviction that has cast a shadow on the survival of millions of tri...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

India  /  Published 28.02.19

Stay on forest eviction with rap on government

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed its February 13 order directing the eviction of an estimated 10 lakh forest dwellers who had illegally encroached on forest land, but pulled up the Centre for waki...
By Our Legal Correspondent in New Delhi

North East  /  Published 23.02.19

Forest dwellers panic after SC order of eviction

Villagers living on the fringe areas of forests in Assam are in a state of panic following the Supreme Court (SC) order to evict forest dwellers whose claims over traditional forestlands have been rej...
By Sanjoy Hazarika in Bokakhat

Opinion  /  Published 04.04.19

For the voices on the forest fringe

Immediately after the schedule of the seventeenth Lok Sabha election was declared, a news item appeared that said dwellers of the mangrove forests of the Sunderbans have demanded immediate implementat...
By Anamitra Anurag Danda in

Opinion  /  Published 12.04.19

New forest law puts colonial rulers to shame

The author is former professor of Economics, IIM Calcutta...
By Anup Sinha in

Opinion  /  Published 26.02.19

A law that undermines forest dwellers' rights

The flaws in the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, and its even more flawed implementation are not really secrets. Envisaged as a way to ...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 08.01.20

Lessons from the wilderness

The recorded forest area in India stands at 24.56 per cent; but the actual forest cover is only 21.67 per cent. Not all notified forests are ‘forests’. The first national forest policy in 1952 set...
By C.R. Bijoy in

Opinion  /  Published 25.03.19

Our unscientific and hostile forest policy

Things are not always as they seem. This was evident, once again, in the draft proposal made by the Union government to ‘overhaul’ the Indian Forest Act, 1927, introduced in the colonial era by th...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 03.03.19

Unkind cut for forest dwellers

A researcher who studied the implementation of the forest rights act has flagged the indifferent attitude of governments and non-government groups among perceived factors that led to the rejection of ...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi

India  /  Published 28.02.19

‘All facts were not placed’ in forest case

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, a constitutional body to safeguard the interest of tribal people, has found the Union government’s approach inadequate in the case that has cast a cloud...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi


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