Why teaching political movements in Indian discourse can lay a foundation of political awareness in children
The national curriculum discusses various political movements, which have shaped our nation, from middle school itself
Read an excerpt from Devashish Makhija's Oonga: 'There are places in this forest where the sunlight cannot reach'
The story is set deep within the conflict of the adivasis, naxalites, the CRPF, and a mining company.
How writer-director Mohit Priyadarshi made Kosa, a searing look at human rights violations in Chhattisgarh
The film made its Indian premiere at the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival in January 2021, after debuting internationally at UK's Raindance Festival in October last year.
How the Savarna construction of reservation vs merit binary has stalled progress of Dalits across sectors
Creating economic resources and social unification for the oppressed sections of society will help in flattening the brahmanical hegemonic theory of caste and merit.
In Ashutosh Bhardwaj’s book The Death Script, an intimate study of the everyday strifes of India’s Red Corridor
In a conversation with Firstpost, Bhardwaj talks about his time living in India's Red Corridor, why a solution for the insurgency has not yet been achieved, and the State's apathy towards Adivasis
Jailed poet Varavara Rao isn't a mercenary; he should receive justice, not just sympathy, writes Padmaja Shaw
The truth is, time and again, Indian Republic that guarantees free speech and calls itself a socialist and secular democracy incarcerated Varavara Rao for his political beliefs.
Uttar Pradesh's Tharu Adivasi women resist systemic usurpation of their forest land, rights by local authorities
The Tharu women’s front continues to ensure forest protection and management, besides standing up to repeated assaults on the community by the local police and forest departments.
How sustainable methods adopted by tribal honey hunters could conserve bee population, improve food security
The Nilgiris are home to over eighteen ethnic groups. Of them, Kattunaickens, Kurumbas, Sholigas and Irulas are known to be the primary honey hunter tribes.
Coronavirus outbreak has foregrounded India's inequalities; country must re-examine social order when pandemic abates
In transmission, the coronavirus seems to follow principles of equality, but in so doing exposes with absolute clarity the distinctions between privilege and the lack thereof
A Dalit in the Sangh: Bhanwar Meghwanshi's disillusionment with RSS lays bare agenda of Brahmin colonisation
The story of Bhanwar Meghwanshi, a Dalit youth who was associated with the RSS as a Karsevak, is one of breaking free from the mental colonisation by the Brahmins through the RSS. His fight against the Sangh, after having experienced their agenda against minorities first-hand, is primarily shaped by the intellectual quest for his history, and his vision to resurrect the history of Dalits, which has been appropriated by the RSS.
In Jharkhand's Khunti district, 'pathalgadhi' movement takes centre stage ahead of upcoming Assembly election
Police visits — and the possible use of excessive force — have become frequent since violence erupted in a neighbouring village over the locally-driven Pathalgadhi movement in June 2018
Maharashtra polls: Yavatmal's Adivasi farmers 'prepared to fight' as govt's promise to fix land rights issue falls flat
Around 30,000 farmers from various parts of the state, including Yavatmal in Vidarbha, covered a distance of 180 kilometres from Nashik to Mumbai on foot, with the aim to gherao the Legislative Assembly building and press their demand for the full implementation of FRA, and also of the loan waiver the government had promised in 2017
Adivasis and the Indian State: Overcoming financial constraints, facing social hostility — what 'education' means for four tribal students
Four adivasi students narrate their personal journeys during their pursuit of education, and their interactions with non-adivasi communities.
Adivasis and the Indian State: Beyond access, educational institutes must be sensitive towards cultural differences, prevent positioning of tribals as inferiors
Lately, educational institutes have become a prominent site of adverse integration of the Adivasis into the caste-fold, where the Adivasi culture is often ridiculed and condescended as ‘primitive’ and the non-Adivasi culture is projected as the modernist ideal norm
Congress condemns Mohan Bhagwat's call for debate on reservations, accuses BJP, RSS of being against Dalits and OBCs
Congress leader Udit Raj alleged that the BJP wanted to spread 'hatred' by making people fight among themselves over the issue of reservations.
How does India’s tiger conservation policy impact the local people and the forest?
PM Modi released tiger census figures last week, that records an increase in tiger numbers from 2014- 2018.
Wildlife conservation in India could benefit from collaboration with tribal communities
Today, conservation isn't inclusive of local people. But tourists and mining operations are given a freer reign.
How democracy has failed India’s adivasis
The process of injustice that began with the imperial forest department intensified under our forest departments. Forest laws dispossessed the adivasis from their habitats.
Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad today: Farmers, Adivasis offer Congress chief chance to show he can fulfil poll promises
Wayanad farmers bear the brunt of the free-trade treaties that the successive Union governments have signed with various countries and regional partners. It has opened the door for cheap farm produces, especially spices, from these countries resulting in a price crash.
SC order on evicting forest dwellers: Protecting indigenous communities’ rights is key in fight against climate change
Several tribal communities in India protect forests, based on their self-perception of these areas being under their custodianship. Community-led movements across the country make it clear that lawmakers, bureaucrats or governments are not the ones who are saving forests.