GST may hit tribal welfare

Tribals and forest-dependent communities across the country may lose a significant share of the revenue earmarked for their community welfare activities to the Goods and Service Tax regime (GST).

The revenue from the not-for-profit souvenir shops and other ecotourism facilities offered by these vulnerable communities in tiger reserves and protected areas may come under the GST, it is apprehended.

While 50% of the revenue generated from these activities is used for community welfare activities, the rest is used for the management of protected areas. It is estimated that there are around 50 lakh people, including tribals, among those living in the fringe areas of the 50 tiger reserves of the country. Almost all protected areas of the country have ecotourism programmes.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Jhilabaai;The fearless tribal leader of Satpura Hills

Almost a decade ago, Mumbai-based documentary maker Pratibha Sharma had visited Taloda village in Nandurbar along with her friend, a social worker, who was working in the region. That was the first time she had met and interacted with tribal families.

Sharma wanted to capture the realities and tribulations of these families, and her idea finally started turning into action in 2013, when she began work on her documentary, Aamo Aakha Ek Se (We are one).

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Courtesy: The Indian Express

Travelling with the Van Gujjars: Tracing a forest-dwelling nomadic tribe’s spring migration

A community that lives off the land, an annual migration of around 200 kilometres to the middle Himalayas and an everlasting bond with buffaloes that would put a dog’s love to shame. It was enough of a draw for American photojournalist Michael Benanav to make his way to India in order to spend some time with the Van Gujjars.

The idea was to document the lifestyle of these forest-dwelling nomads, which is under constant threat of being swallowed by the developing world. For 44 days, Benanav followed the Van Gujjars on their spring migration from the jungles at the foothills of the Shivalik Hills to the lush pastures high up in the mountains. And en route, he had a fascinating insight into their life, which he has documented in the book, ‘Himalaya Bound’.

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Courtesy: First Post

Ranchi: 22 Christian, tribal bodies to protest attempts to ‘grab land, divide people’

Twenty-two Christian bodies and tribal organisations will hold a rally in Ranchi to protest against the Religious Freedom Bill, 2017 and the amendment to Land Acquisition Act, 2013, alleging that these are attempts to divide the tribal population along religious lines while grabbing their land. The rally will be held on September 16 in Morabadi, a day after BJP president Amit Shah begins his three-day Jharkhand visit on September 15.

Organisations that will attend the rally include the All India Churches Committee, Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh, Jharkhand Christian Youth Association and Kendriya Sarna Samiti (Pahari Tola). “On the face of it, they look like laws in two different spheres but they are related,” A J Ekka, Chairman of All India Churches Committee, said.

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Courtesy: The New Indian Express

Unite, stand strong for conservation of natural resources: Felix Padel

Unite, stand strong and believe in your own knowledge for the conservation of natural resources which are depleting very fast, said noted anthropologist Felix Padel while delivering a key note address of the national convention of Adivasi people held at Bachat Bhavan to commemorate the 11th United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday.Mamta Kujur from Chhatisgarh presided over.

Padel said, the tactics of capitalism and internal colonialism had made live of Adivasi communities in India measurable. Adivasis knew the protection of water, forest and land as they treat these natural resources as their mother. It is now a time to show solidarity to fight against the people who are exploiting these natural resources for minting money, he appealed. The convention started with welcome song presented by Indira Markam. In his introductory speech, Dinesh Madavi stressed the need to Adivasi Samanvayay Manch on national level. Ashok Choudhary, President of Adivasi Samanvayay Manch Bharat discussed the 11th UN declaration on the rights of indigenous people.

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Courtesy: The hitavada

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