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On The Brink

December 31, 2012
Adivasi and forest dwelling communities have historically had a cultural and spiritual relationship with the forests. Unfortunately, these communities have been pushed to the fringes by decades of systematic exclusion and disempowerment. In 2006, after a protracted struggle by these communities to assert their rights, the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 was passed. This piece of legislation promised rights to millions of adivasis and forest dwelling communities.