Five Months After PM’s Total Electrification Claim, an Odisha Village Waits for Electricity
At a time when India posits itself as a future superpower, the residents of Dharuapalli wait for electricity to irrigate their land and charge their phones.
While Mining Giants Rejoice, Adivasis are Left with No Water
As the Odisha Mining Corporation diverts water resources for its iron ore mines, local communities face a drought-like situation.
State Repression Forces Adivasis Out of Their Land in Odisha
The PESA law makes it mandatory for village councils to be consulted before any land acquisition in the village, but it is being blatantly violated today.
A Childhood Swept Away by Development
“They demolished our school,” says a young boy who expresses his desire to go to school. His opportunities and dreams have been submerged by the lower Indra Irrigation Project, another dam construction in the name of development.
Adivasi Community in Odisha Stakes Claim to Forest Land, Wins
The Forest Rights Act entitles Adivasi and forest-dwelling communities to both individual and community land ownership, but the process, mostly, is a long-winding one.
“The Forest is our Mother”: Conservation and Sustainable Living in Odisha
Most indigenous communities traditionally depend on forests for their lives and livelihoods, forests that are steadily shrinking. When the forest resources in Nayagarh started to disappear, the community took to conservation and sustainable living, exercising their lawful forest rights.
Dams and Irrigation Projects in India: Whose Development is it?
Big dams in India stand for the state’s hubris and arrogance. The Lower Suktel Irrigation Project in Odisha is one such dam.
Green College: Education with a Purpose
The Green College in Odisha is leading by example in the field of rural innovation and sustainable livelihoods.