Skip to main content

Madhya Pradesh adivasis end protest as officials agree to examine forest land claims

By Our Representative
Protesting under the banner of the civil rights group Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan (JADS), over a thousand Adivasis of Burhanpur district, Madhya Pradesh, who had occupied of Nepanagar tehsil office, have returned home with all their demands fulfilled, and the administration kick-starting verification of claims for entire district. They wanted steps for implementing the Forest Rights Act (FRA), even as opposing the Forest Conservation Rules 2022
Amidst songs and slogans of victory, the triumphant Adivasis ended the two day protest, insisting, their forest rights claims be verified through the Gram Sabha, and claims which were wrongfully processed be returned.
Another demand was that those who were wrongfully denied a chance to register their claims on the Madhya Pradesh Vanmitra portal, have their claims registered as per law. Adivasis were especially adamant over implementation of FRA recognizing that FRA implementation is being stalled deliberately to make forest diversion even easier, with the new changes in the Forest Connservation Rules, 2022.
During an earlier protest, on 24th January, thousands of Adivasis demanded that district administration immediately begin implementation of the FRA, warning district administration of launching a continuous protest until the process of their claims was completed.
Amidst changes in the Forest Conservation Rules, which grant in-principle agreement to projects and companies before the process of verification of Forest Rights Claims is completed, and which violates the rights of the Gram Sabha, Adivasis are adamant that the State is deliberately lagging on the implementation of the forest rights so that diversion of forests becomes even easier, said a JADS statement.
The two day protest began on 7th February. It ended after administration officials were forced to reach up to the people, who questioned them over their “failures”. Burhanpur district has seen multiple cases of FRA violations with people being implicated in false cases, attempted to be forcibly evicted, faced illegal firing, in the past 4-5 years, said JADS.
It added, even now, the forest departments continues to call Adivasi cultivators as "encroachers" and criminalizes them, extorts money for using tractors, threshing machines in their own fields. While the district has also seen unprecedented incidents of illegal felling as a result of the complicity of Forest Department Staff, who are taking bribes in exchange for "selling off" patches of land to those felling forest lands illegally, all of which continue to be resisted by the Adivasis of Burhanpur.



'Scientifically flawed': 22 examples of the failure of vaccine passports

By Vratesh Srivastava*   Vaccine passports were introduced in late 2021 in a number of places across the world, with the primary objective of curtailing community spread and inducing "vaccine hesitant" people to get vaccinated, ostensibly to ensure herd immunity. The case for vaccine passports was scientifically flawed and ethically questionable.

US 'frustrated' with India’s discomfort: Maritime exercise in South China Sea

By Vijay Prashad*  In early April 2024, the navies of four countries -- Australia, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States -- held a maritime exercise in the South China Sea. Australia’s Warramunga, Japan’s Akebono, the Philippines’ Antonio Luna, and the United States’ Mobile worked together in these waters to strengthen their joint abilities and -- as they said in a joint statement  -- to “uphold the right to freedom of navigation and overflight and respect for maritime rights under international law.” 

A Hindu alternative to Valentine's Day? 'Shiv-Parvati was first love marriage in Universe'

By Rajiv Shah*   The other day, I was searching on Google a quote on Maha Shivratri which I wanted to send to someone, a confirmed Shiv Bhakt, quite close to me -- with an underlying message to act positively instead of being negative. On top of the search, I chanced upon an article in, imagine!, a Nashik Corporation site which offered me something very unusual. 

Dadi, poti discuss 'injustice' under 10 yr Modi rule: Video campaign goes viral

By Our Representative  Watan Ki Raah Mein, a civil society campaign of the Samvidhan Bachao Nagrik Abhiyan, has released a short video conversation on social media of an exchange of letters between a dadi and her poti discussing poverty, unemployment, corruption and women’s safety. The letters also raise the question of  suppression of our fundamental rights of speech, expression and justice. 

'Enough evidence': Covid vaccines impacted women's reproductive health

By Deepika*  In 2024, the news outlets have suddenly started reporting about covid vaccine side effects in a very extensive manner. Sadly, the damage is already done.

'Uncertainty in Iran': Raisi brokered crucial Chabahar Port deal with India

By Pranjal Pandey*  Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian President, and the country’s foreign minister were tragically found deceased on May 20, 2024, shortly after their helicopter crashed in foggy conditions. In response, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei swiftly appointed a relatively unknown vice president as the interim leader.

Informal, outdoor workers 'excluded': Govt of India's excessive heat policies

Counterview Desk  Top civil rights network, National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), has demanded urgent government action to protect millions of outdoor workers from extreme heat and heatwaves, insisting declaration of heatwaves as climatic disaster.

Right to health and informed consent: Why 'revisit' Mission Indradhanush?

By Deepika*  Extending on to the subject of Misleading ads and acting responsibly , another aspect that needs highlighting is our right to health and to be made aware of quality of products, as pointed out by the Supreme Court.

Indian authorities 'evading' discussion on battery energy storage system

By Shankar Sharma*  In the larger context of the ever growing need and importance of renewable energy sources for a sustainable energy/ electricity sector in our country, the critical role of energy storage systems, especially the battery energy storage system (BESS), is being emphasised frequently at the global level, such as the one by  the International Energy Agency (IEA). Unfortunately, our authorities in India seem not to attach the same level of importance, which the BESS deserves.