Society, Culture and Peace

Enhancing socio-cultural well-being, ensuring justice and equity

Featured here are initiatives to enhance social and cultural aspects of human life: the revival and progressive use of visual, performing, and other arts, of the myriad crafts of the country, of threatened or submerged languages, of food and cuisine diversity, and other such cultural traits and processes. They also cover the various struggles and constructive movements to achieve social justice, to reduce inequalities and inequities of various kinds including caste, class, gender, ethnicity, and religion, and to create dignity in living for those currently oppressed and exploited. Finally, they include movements to generate ethical living and thinking, and spread values such as simplicity, honesty, frugality, and tolerance.

The Changpas’ way of life is undergoing shocks and disruption

The Changpas embody custodianship as a model of relationship with nature, embedded in ecological pragmatism, an alternative to the modern construct of ownership.

Open Prisons Work – Lessons From India

Open prisons are a humane solution for rehabilitation, leading to negligible rates of recidivism, at a fraction of the cost of regular prisons.

PRESS RELEASE- URGENT NEED TO SUPPORT GOBA SYSTEM OF LADAKH

Encouraging the UT Administration and the Hill Council, along with Ladakhi society, to recognise and strengthen the goba (or nambardar) system.

Forest rights good for forests too: This Odisha village shows how

The independence and ownership of the forest have allowed the villagers to regenerate the woods with depleted vegetation. 

The Threads of Empowerment

The women today value their skills, feel dignified about their work, earn for their families, and want equal status in the household. They no longer stand silently before violence.

Puvidham: A University for Sustainable Living

“Highly competitive cast of minds as well as a destructive mentality towards nature with a manifestation of dual behaviour is what the mainstream education cultivates and I had no intention to send my children to these schools. Therefore, I decided to home-school my children,” says Meenakshi.

Confluence of Academia and Traditional Knowledge Systems: Towards Climate Resilient Agriculture

The macro and micro-systems of nature work in tandem to survive. Their role in climate change resilience is paramount. Sreeja works to ensure that all community voices are heard, all-natural parts are valued and sustainability is defined in one’s own context.

Bringing Harmony between Healthy Growing and Consuming

"Forests thrive on their own without chemicals or constant watering. On my farm, I've created a similar ecosystem. So, my team and I just do one thing: harvest the plants," says Yella Reddy

How environmentalist Jibi Pulu is using ecotourism to turn Mishmi tribe conservationists

“For centuries, the indigenous people have been living in harmony with nature. In our culture, we do hunt but for our sustenance and we do not sell meat,” he says.