Snow in Himachal dampens poll arrangements, but voters gung-ho

BY VISHAL GULATI  Manali, April 19 (IANS) Accumulation of snow and extreme cold climatic conditions in the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh is affecting arrangements for the May 19 Lok Sabha poll. But... Read more »

Himachal voters ask for tribal status action plan

Shimla, April 17 (IANS) Over 2.50 lakh voters of Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday asked the two national parties — the BJP and the Congress — to come out with a... Read more »

Why are 30 villages in Jharkhand not voting?

As many as 30 villages in Jharkhand’s Khunti district have declared that they will not vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections scheduled in the area in the fifth phase on May... Read more »

Stage set for second phase polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) The stage is set for the second phase of polling for five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats in Odisha on Thursday. A total of 76.93 lakh voters are... Read more »

What Adivasis and Muslims in Wayanad want from Elections 2019

April 12, Mara, 45, has been waiting to welcome Rahul Gandhi since her friend told her a few weeks ago that the Congress chief may visit her Varinilam Adivasi colony to canvass... Read more »

Adivasi Election Manifesto 2019 Released

April 10, For centuries now we, the Adivasis, fisherfolk, hill, forest dwellers and others who are the original inhabitants of the Indian sub-continent have been systematically pushed off our ancestral lands  and forcibly confined to small,... Read more »

Safai karamcharis demand a separate Ministry to rehabilitate Manual scavengers

April 10, Dalit Adivasi Adhikar Andolan released a 10 point manifesto for Safaikaramcharis to ensure that political parties take note and implement their demands. The Safaikaramcharis who are mostly manual scavengers lead... Read more »

Rahul congratulating tribal woman from Wayanad who created history by clearing UPSC exam

Thiruvananthapuram, April 6Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday congratulated Sreedhanya Suresh from Wayanad, the first tribal woman from Kerala to be selected for civil services. In a tweet, Gandhi said, “Sreedhanya’s hard... Read more »

Impasse over voting by Mizo refugees ends

Aizawl/Agartala, April 4 (IANS) The impasse that resulted from the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to set up special polling stations along the Mizoram-Tripura border for the Reang tribal refugees to vote in the... Read more »

Political parties told to promise community-based land, forest governance in manifestos

By Manohar April 4, The State Chapter of Campaign for Survival and Dignity(CSD), Odisha which fought for the enactment of historic Forest Rights Act, (FRA), 2006 in the country has asked the... Read more »

Over 9 kg brown sugar seized, tribal drug trafficker arrested

Imphal, April 3 (IANS) A combined team of Assam Rifles and Manipur Police commandos arrested tribal drug trafficker on Tuesday near international border town Moreh and seized over 9 kg of brown sugar.... Read more »

Mizoram NGOs call for poll boycott over refugees’ vote

Aizawl/Agartala, April 2 (IANS) An apex body of NGOs in Mizoram on Tuesday called an indefinite shutdown in the state from April 8 and a boycott of the Lok Sabha election to protest... Read more »

There are 456 land conflicts involving commons, affecting over 3.3 million people, many are tribals

By Nihar Gokhale April 1, Vishna Bai’s eye lit up, as the portly, cheerful farmer rapidly listed the year-round bounty her hectare of land produced until February 2016, when the excavators came and... Read more »

MPs, ex-student leaders in fray for 5 Assam seats

Guwahati, March 30 (IANS) Three sitting MPs and former student leaders are in the fray for the first phase of polls for Assam’s five Lok Sabha constituencies, even as political parties are seen... Read more »

Jharkhand’s Saranda forest opened up for mining

Singhbhum, March 29, The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) modified its Management Plan for Sustainable Mining (MPSM) for Singhbhum and Chaibasa in Jharkhand the request of the state government, Down to... Read more »

BJP won most Dalit, tribal seats in 2014 but atrocities against them increased: Martin Macwan

Credits: Despite the ruling BJP and its allies winning maximum number of reserved Dalit and tribal seats in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the number of atrocities against the two communities has increased and the... Read more »

Adivasi Culture and the Forest Are Linked

March 27, Lalsu Nogoti is an independent elected member of the Zila Parishad in the district of Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. He is also the first lawyer from the Madia Gond Adivasi community in... Read more »

Daughter to take on father in fight for Araku

By Mohammed Shafeeq Amaravati, March 23 (IANS) It’s going to be an interesting fight between a veteran tribal leader and his daughter in Araku Lok Sabha constituency in Andhra Pradesh. The father is... Read more »

If implemented, Supreme Court order would “threaten” conservation, climate, tigers

March 21, The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a global coalition of more than 200 organizations dedicated to advancing the forestland and resource rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, and rural women,... Read more »

‘Forest Rights Could Decide Election Results In 133 (25%) Seats’

Poor implementation of the Forest Rights Act, which legalises the land rights of India’s 200 million forest dwellers, could be a deciding factor in how a fourth (133 of 543) of constituencies vote in... Read more »