Aamcha Jungle Dennar Nahi (We will not hand over our forest)

By Poorva GoelonSep. 14, 2021in Environment and Ecology

Specially created for Vikalp Sangam

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This graphic novel is created by Poorva Goel.

Inputs for this work were given by Ashish Kothari and Shrishtee Bajpai, Kalpavriksh and Vikalp Sangam.

The book is based on the following works:

Women come out of the woods: collectivisation in rural Maharashtra- Shrishtee Bajpai

On the Cusp: Reframing Democracy and Well-Being in Korchi, India by Neema Pathak Broome, Shrishtee Bajpai and Mukesh Shende

Ecology and Equity – Madhav Gadgil and Ramachandra Guha

Zendepar Yatra- an annual pilgrimage of resistance and hope- Shrishtee Bajpai

Consolidated notes on worldviews: conversations with community members conducted between 2016-2019. ( Izam Bhau, Mahesh, Kalpana, Siyaram, Lalsu, Chamaru Kalo, Kumari Tai, Sunil Ukau Hodi, Satish Gogulwar, Shubhada Deshmukh.)


CFR: Community Forest Resource Rights or the Right to use, conserve and sustainably manage forests over which rights were granted under the FRA 2006

FPIC: Free, Prior and Informed Consent

FRA: Forest Rights Act, also called the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006

GS: Gram sabhas or village assemblies

MGS: Maha Gramsabha or federation of gram sabhas in Korchi

NTFP: Non-Timber Forest Product

PESA: Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act 1996

PRS: Panchayati Raj System

SHG: Self-Help Group


Gram panchayat: The elected village executive committee forming the smallest unit of decision-making within India’s PRS. A panchayat could cover one or more villages.

Gram Sabha: A body comprising of all adults of a village or a group of villages. The gram panchayat is accountable to it.

Gram swaraj: Village self-rule (or village republic)

Panchayat samiti/Mandal parishad/Block samiti: The PRS has three levels, gram panchayat at village level, with Panchayat samiti/Mandal parishad/Block samiti, which constitutes a cluster of villages.

Panchayati Raj System: System of governance adopted by India in which the gram panchayats are the basic unit of local administration and governance.

Sarpanch: Elected head of a panchayat

Taluka: An administrative unit at the level of multiple villages

Zila parishad: This is the third tier of the PRS. This tier covers a district, which constitutes multiple Talukas/Blocks. Multiple districts constitute the state.

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Dr Amiya kumar Sahu November 26, 2021 at 9:23 pm

I liked the concept .
Infact time is coming even the animals in the forest will demand their land and try to attack human settlements claim their own land which is evident in pandemic situation now in several parts of the world .

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