Baigas’ battle

Print edition : May 17, 2013

Timber felled by the Forest Department seized by the tribal residents of Dhaba village in eastern Madhya Pradesh. Their effort is to conserve the forest and restore its diversity. Photo: photographs by Ashish Kothari

Women of Pondi village. Photo: Ashish Kothari

Women at Pondi village. Photo: Ashish Kothari

The forest surrounding Pondi village. The Baigas’ efforts are yielding results, for instance, in the restoration of waterbodies. Photo: Ashish Kothari

The fight of the Baigas of Madhya Pradesh to regain their traditional rights is also a fight to restore the diversity of their forests and to protect national wealth.
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