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What the State Doesn’t Learn: The Ugly Case of Forest Rights in Rajasthan

Viren Lobo The recent nationwide protest against the judgement delivered by Supreme Court on the implementation of the law related to people of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes reflects the sentiment of the affected groups and communities that the States lack willingness for the effective implementation of laws and provisions in true letter and spirit.

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Corporates at centre stage in forest management, not community

Viren Lobo The Draft Forest Policy put out for comments on 14th March 2018, invites comments from all stakeholders till 14th April 2018. This draft does not refer to the earlier draft prepared through due consultation with civil society by IIFM which has been removed. The draft quotes as its predecessor the 1988 Forest Policy.…

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Draft Forest Policy – A road map to capture rather than preserve the forests

Viren Lobo The draft Forest policy 2018 flatters to deceive, while acknowledging the increase in Forest cover as a result of protection promoted by the Forest Policy 1988 and the inputs given in the context of the need for an ecological perspective, it systematically sidelines the data and analysis that has helped achieved this result…

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Yes, a broken Konark as it is

By Sabyasachi Amitav Konark, may be it is broken, but it persists with Odisha’s artistic manifestation, cultural history and significance of the glorious past. The news that  expresses the desire of noted sculptor and unsuccessful politician Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra to have second ‘Sun Temple’ in Puri-Bhubaneswar national highway with a whopping 600 crore brings…

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Jagamohan viral: Its not perpetrator, his colleague came for rescue

By Sabyasachi Amitav BHUBANESWAR: It must have been a difficult decision for Dr Pradeep K Singh, Director of CSIR-CIMFR, to apologise following outrage over the pictures of Jagamohan repair works of Jagannath Temple in Puri went viral on social media. Despite evidence available on video, the organization maintained that the ‘imprudence’ of one of his…

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Flowers for the Deity

:By Krushna Prasad Mishra ::Translated by Supriya Prasanta The Indian Airlines flight to Pakistan had announced its last call for passengers at International Airport, Delhi. The security officers reached just on time, and held Salim back, who was hurriedly going to board the flight, a bag in hand. The X-ray scrutiny had dictated the presence…

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Rama and Rahim are One

:By Mahapatra Nilamoni Sahoo ::Translated by Supriya Prasanta I first got to know Sanatulla the day I joined class four in our village minor school. Our classes used to start in the month of January. Marigold flowers bloomed in plenty in the school garden. In the middle of the garden, stood a well and by…

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