Millions of Adivasi and forest dwellers face eviction
Thursday, 14th March 2019
On 13 February, 2019 the Supreme Court of India ordered the evictions of indigenous peoples and forest dwellers in more than 16 states. The decision effectively rejects the claims of forest dwellers to use, manage and govern their native forests, according to the Forest Rights Act. If this were to be implemented, it could lead to the eviction of more than 2 million families. While the decision has been temporarily suspended by the Indian Government, it may yet go ahead. This video and legal brief (from Land Forum India) explain the current situation, and what is at stake for neglected forest communities.
Ensuring land tenure rights to marginalised and vulnerable communities in India
Friday, 9th March 2018
India faces enormous challenges in its quest to develop in a socially conscience, economically and environmentally just manner. In regards to developing responsible land governance, it remains a complex issue aggravated by a combination of systematic legal and institutional failures. Institutions that govern land, market and societies have fundamental weaknesses to address land and property issues of poor rural women and men, Tribals, and Dalits.
In India, land reform is currently a forgotten agenda. Immediately after India’s independence, the Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru promised to eliminate the intermediaries and restore land to the tiller resulting in the passing of historic Zamindari Abolition Act in 1956. Yet unfortunately, land has never became the core agenda of the successive governments despite various revolutionary steps through social movements.