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#Adivasi Community attacked in UP and Dehradun.
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Adivasis, or India’s indigenous people, have been leading a peaceful struggle for their rights to ‘jal-jungle-jameen’ or forest land and its bounty for several generations.
@AdivasisMatter @HansrajMeena
The escalation of violence appears to be related to an increasing number of Adivasis asserting their rights guaranteed under the #ForestRightsAct 2006, by filing community land claims.…
Forest Rights in times of Covid-19 - While the world has been reeling under the Covid 19 pandemic, the Forest Department in connivance with the Police have sexually abused women tribal leaders and assaulted many forest dwellers in many locations in North India.
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On #InternationalMountainDay, we encourage you to read about the historic struggle forest dwelling #Adivasi communities in Odisha have been waging to protect their #Niyamgiri mountain from rapacious, extractive bauxite ImageImage
While they won a landmark victory against mining in 2013, the threats to their ancestral land remain. Listen to Rajkishor Sunani, #poet-#activist, sing about this at the #Niyamgiri festival. @puruthakur Image
Furthermore,the #RTI Act & #ForestRightsAct that have legally empowered such indigneous struggles & tried to redress historic injustices meted out to them is under threat.Forest dwelling communities have been mobilising against ImageImageImage
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What @PrakashJavdekar is saying that the amendments were an unofficial exercise cooked up by forest bureaucrats and some non-government org. like @WWFINDIA - and this unofficial draft was circulated to state governments… @MundaArjun @narendramodi
@PrakashJavdekar @WWFINDIA @MundaArjun @narendramodi The provision in the amendment which invited criticism was the one which allowed "forest officials to use arms against people to prevent forest offence." So a cabal of forest officers and NGOs circulate draft of a law allowing officers to shoot tribal and completely subverts FRA
@PrakashJavdekar @WWFINDIA @MundaArjun @narendramodi And send it to state governments unofficially - Question is @PrakashJavdekar ji - have you taken action against the respective officers and NGOs who have violated your trust and tried to carry out a legislative coup under your nose @nit_set @journomayank @LouDelBello @NihaMasih
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#TRIBECON begins #Pravara; felicitations to #AbhayBang @SearchGad & #sudarshan #VGKK for their inspiring work on #TribalHealth; @DrLahariya @whoindia among others felicitated
#abhayBang #healthsystem design for tribal communities need to be relooked for #UHC; strategies & schemes must adapt with local social & cultural context; recollects #Brainstorming with @DesirajuKeshav at @SearchGad leading to #ExpertCommittee #tribalhealth @TribalHealthIND
#TRIBECON #AbhayBang notes with happiness increasing interest in #tribalhealth research, yet this continues to be “off the beaten path”; congratulations to #pravara medical college in bringing this together; the proposed #Bandardhara declaration to improve #tribalhealth research
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The recent order by the Supreme Court (…) in the #ForestRightsCase risks reversing hard won recognition of rights for India’s forest dwellers. Thread (1/10)
The case was brought by a group of conservation organisations that question the constitutional validity of the #ForestRightsAct, reflecting an old and discredited paradigm of #FortressConservation.… (2/10)
A number of us wrote an open letter to these organisations in 2014, pointing out the risks of this petition for the conservation cause in India, and inviting them to withdraw the case.… (3/10)
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This is a thread on what rejection of #forestrightsact claims means on the ground, based on our data documentation. Feel free to use it, get in touch for more info. 1/9
The Supreme Court, on February 13, 2019, had ordered the forced eviction of more than 1,000,000 tribal and other forest-dwelling households from forestlands. 2/9
The court has asked state governments to carry out evictions where claims of Forest Rights Act have been rejected. 3/9
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A few things to keep in mind while thinking about the #ForestRightsAct and the SC order effectively asking for the eviction of 1 million people.

1. The forest department is the largest land owning agency in the country. And that has historically been the case.
2. The forest department was not designed to conserve nature. Its colonial roots are based on a different relationship with nature entirely. Where the forest is a resource - trees for timber and animals for hunting.
3. In fact, conservation itself is an idea which is deeply rooted in these ideas but has (somewhat) moved on since then. But what hasn't changed is how many in the forest department view the forest dwellers
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