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Forest Communities in Kalimpong fight for their rights

Soumitra Ghosh It is generally known by now that West Bengal has an extremely poor record of implementing the Forest Rights Act (FRA), which is meant to atone for the ‘historic injustice’ committed against millions of marginalized and rights-deprived forest dwellers in the country. While in some areas the implementation process has started haltingly and […]

Attack on India’s forests and forest communities: Draft National Forest Policy 2018

Soumitra Ghosh India’s forests are officially on sale. Forests, which are ecological and cultural constructs intrinsically linked with human communities that have been living in and using those for ages, have turned into mere repositories of ‘products’ such as timber and ‘ecosystem services’ that could be quantified, valued, priced and exchanged—or so the Draft National […]