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.