A Paradigm Beyond “Development” Text: Dr. Bitasta Das Illustrations: Manimekhala Yajaman Sociologically, “development” is the degree of economic growth and
An important folk ritualistic theatre of South Kanara is Bhoota worship, and the foremost feature of this theatre is its association with religion. This worship has a strong tradition and establishes a close relationship with the society and the history of South Kanara. And this relationship has many levels, social, cultural, political, judicial and medical. There are over 350 Bhoota worshipped in the region though not worshipped in every village in the district. Each Bhoota has a specific identity by way of name, sex, place of origin, symbol, and habitation.
Jaani, the Sacred Buffalo of Nanda Gaoli Community – Biocultural Diversity of Nanda Gaoli Pastoralist Community of Maharashtra – Ajinkya
“On a hot sunny day, when I was travelling for work across the paddy fields of East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, which is famous for its lush green paddy fields. The sight of the vast expanses of the water filled paddy fields, stretched up to the horizon, iridescently glistening under the bright tropical
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These waters are sustaining the lives of over 80 million people and 600 major industries. Something needs to be done now to save this beautiful river that sustains us. We are killing ourselves and the river at the same time with our short-sighted policies and indiscriminate development.
The Persian wheel, a mechanical water-lifting device, usually operated by drought animals like bullocks, camels, or buffaloes. This wheel is used to lift water from open wells for easy access to water sources. The word Araghatta, a Sanskrit one, comes from the intermingling of two words “ara” which is smoke and … Continue readingTHE PERSIAN WHEEL
Rampant and illegal sand mining along the Cauvery and its tributaries are killing the river slowly. There is no flow, and Cauvery almost seems stagnant at some places. Sand plays a very important role in groundwater recharge. The river needs protection from illegal activities that will … Continue readingGreed Has No Boundaries
“Our whole lives are intertwined with the buffaloes. Without them, our entire culture will disappear.” – Peetagarai, elder Toda tribesman. To the Toda people in the upper Nilgiri plateau in Tamil Nadu, the growing forest cover – cause for celebration anywhere else in the world – is not good news. … Continue readingThe Culture In A Blade Of Grass