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.
The trees of Saranda Forests in Jharkhand are no longer felled unsupervised. The people of the village judicially use the forest resources, such as firewood, fruits, and medicinal herbs. The forest is now protected from unprecedented exploitation … Continue readingHow Gram Sabha Are Putting Power Back In The Hands Of The Communities, One Issue At a Time
oil is a finite resource and the soil in one of the farms in Kookalthorai, Nilgiris has lost its nutrients, very close to being dead because of overuse of chemicals and monocropping. The farmers can harvest for just a few more years and they’ll soon run out of the soil. Some drastic measures need to be taken … Continue readingSoil Health And Chemical Farming
Prasad belongs to the Ezhava community, which is classified as OBC, a community, who were warriors during the time of the Zamorins and trained in martial arts (Kalaripayattu). Their roots are traced to Sri Lanka. They had a dual classification, the status of a warrior (Kshatriya) but the caste of a Shudra (Backward caste, untouchables). However, they have always worked as agricultural labourers. … Continue reading30 Inches From a Loan
Jaani, the Sacred Buffalo of Nanda Gaoli Community – Biocultural Diversity of Nanda Gaoli Pastoralist Community of Maharashtra – Ajinkya
Kantharaju: Farmers’ story is just this, if it rains we can harvest else there is nothing, we face
drought, the farmer has to do something to survive. We are not able to cover basic farming costs,
manure, labour, tractor hiring, the costs are too high. With all of this, the farmer can never prosper.
He has been fighting nonstop but has not found … Continue readingRaju And Kantharaju From Tannenahalli In Tumkur District Of Karnataka (Transcript)
“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.
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