BR Hills

Revisiting the tigers-versus-tribals trope

by MD Madhusudan, NS Prashanth & Pavithra Sankaran   (An edited version of this article appeared in Down To Earth on 24 July, 2019)   The Supreme Court petition filed by hardline conservationists questioning the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA) is stoking fears that recognising the land and other rights of […]

Nobody’s heroes: our forgotten forest watchers

M D Madhusudan & Pavithra Sankaran It was an hour after dawn. Siddarama, a forest watcher, was walking to the Tiger Reserve’s headquarters from his village a good six kilometres away, when he heard the faint sound of voices. Suspicious, he approached quietly, and saw three men sitting by a stream, smoking and chatting. Two […]