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India: Tribal Leader Dies in Police Custody

Featured image: Bari Pidikaka, Dongria activist, who died in police custody after being detained in 2015. © Survival International    by Survival International A leader of a tribe in India, which made headlines around the world when it won a David and Goliath battle against a British mining corporation, has died in police custody – following a … Continue reading India: Tribal Leader Dies in Police Custody

Once, the Monsoon

Field notes from a botanical sanctuary: changing weather patterns are causing havoc to plants Featured image: Mist over local neighbourhood and Banasura      by Suprabha Seshan I love being at home, in Wayanad, when the south-west monsoon arrives. This hilly district of northern Kerala is still full of tall trees and myriad creatures, and drenched in … Continue reading Once, the Monsoon

Indian Authorities Harass Tribal Leaders

Featured image:  The Dongria have resisted attempts to mine in their hills for years, but are facing serious pressure to give in.  © Survival International      by Survival International The Indian government is harassing and attempting to silence the leaders of the Dongria Kondh tribe, famous for winning a “David and Goliath” court battle … Continue reading Indian Authorities Harass Tribal Leaders

Conservation Betrayals in Central India

Throughout India today there are a total of 645 Adivasi communities recognized by the government. With a combined population of about 70 million, these communities maintain an impressive array of cultural identities, languages, customs and economies that go back millennia. But despite their resilience and their relative isolation from the perils of extreme extraction, Adivasis—the Hindi term for Indigenous Peoples—have not been able to escape any of the hardships that other Indigenous Peoples so often face around the world. ... Continue reading →

Survival International Calls on UN to Condemn Shoot on Sight Conservation

Survival International has called on the UN expert on extrajudicial executions to condemn shoot on sight conservation policies. In a letter to the Special Rapporteur charged with the issue, Survival stated that “shoot on sight policies directly affect tribal people who live in or adjacent to ‘protected areas’… particularly when park guards so often fail to distinguish subsistence hunters from commercial poachers.” ... Continue reading →

India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

Featured image: Kaziranga park guards are heavily armed and instructed to shoot intruders on sight.  © Survival International      by Survival International A BBC investigation has revealed that tribal peoples living around a national park in India are facing arrest and beatings, torture and death under the Park’s notorious “shoot-on-sight” policy. The report for television, … Continue reading India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

India: Mining company targets Dongria’s sacred hills – AGAIN

A mining company in India has renewed its efforts to start mining on the sacred hills of the Dongria Kondh people, despite previous defeat in the Supreme Court, and determined opposition by the tribe. The Dongria Kondh consider the Niyamgiri Hills to be sacred and have been dependent on and managed them for millennia. Despite this the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), which previously partnered with British-owned Vedanta Resources, is once again attempting to open a bauxite mine there. ... Continue reading →

Strangely Like Gulag

By Suprabha Seshan / Journal of the Krishnamurti Schools A slightly different version of this piece first appeared in Local Futures: Economics of Happiness.  Thanks to all for their permission and assistance in republishing. We were not meant for this. We were meant to live and love and play and work and even hate more simply … Continue reading Strangely Like Gulag

UN report confirms corruption is biggest threat to ivory, as wildlife officials arrested across Africa and Asia

Featured image: Cameroonian “ecoguard” Mpaé Désiré, who in 2015 was accused of beating Baka and in 2016 was arrested for involvement in the illegal wildlife trade. © Facebook A new UN report has confirmed that corrupt officials are at the heart of wildlife crime in many parts of the world, rather than terrorist groups or tribal … Continue reading UN report confirms corruption is biggest threat to ivory, as wildlife officials arrested across Africa and Asia

India: the last Afro-Asians are being forced into civilization

By Alexandre Dereims / Organic the Jarawas  Images copyright by Claire Beilvert The Jarawa are hunters-gatherers. They have been living on the Indian Andaman Islands for thousands and thousands of years. According to recent studies, they are believed to have taken part in the very first human migrations from Africa to the rest of the world, some … Continue reading India: the last Afro-Asians are being forced into civilization