The Newtons of Gadchiroli: tribals rise to power in local body polls

The battle these elected representatives are waging against indiscriminate mining, and for tribal rights ...

Elections Make a Mockery of Democracy

Day-to-day decisions, including crucial ones that impact a large number of people, are predominantly taken by elected politicians and the bureaucra...

Melghat’s Payvihir brands its forest produce to success

Payvihir, which has a 182-hectare forest under community forest rights (CFR), has worked wonders in the last four years, showing the way for tribals.

Towards radical democracy in India

Representatives' obligations would include highly constrained ‘delegated’ responsibility whereby they are subject to clear mandates given by the de...

एकमेव मार्ग (in Marathi)

"पेसा व वन अधिकार कायद्याच्या प्रभावी अंमलबजावणी शिवाय, व गाव-गणराज्य ग्राम सभा निर्माणाशिवाय मार्ग नाही"

The Only Way Ahead

The only way ahead now is effective implementation of FRA and PESA and recognition of village self rule through the gram sabha

The Other Half: Wisdom beyond schooling

Thousands of women who have graduated from the ‘school of life’ are transforming village panchayats with their able governance.

Jamguda shows the path

Community Rights of Jamguda were recognized - rights such as those to manage the forest, to collect and sell minor forest produce, etc. - in 2010.

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