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On World Environment Day, Let’s Start Close To Home

Blog entry by Sridevi Padmanabhan | June 5, 2014

Not far away from the dusty town of Waidhan, the forests of Mahan envelope you in a cloak of ease with the buzz of insects, a gentle breeze and the play of light and shadow. Joy becomes simple. It's in the spotting of a brilliantly-hued...

Empowered to fight for their rights

Blog entry by Phiroza Tafti | June 4, 2014

My overall impression is that the women of Amelia have developed a unique sense of confidence. I definitely attribute this with the exposure to Greenpeace activists one can see that approximately one third of the villagers attending...

Sumilya, her day and her year in Mahan forests

Blog entry by Aafreen Ali | June 4, 2014

I met Sumilya, a friend I made from Amelia during the Mumbai protest we did some 3-4 months back. She took my palm in hers and pressed it slightly as a physical gesture signifying her happiness at seeing me again. We were re-living the...

Bio-diversity in Mahan

Blog entry by Phiroza Tafti | June 3, 2014

My observations about the biodiversity in and around Amelia were varied and interesting. When we reached the  tola where we would be staying one of the kids who surrounded us was hiding something behind his back. On insisting that...

The Rallying Cry for Revolution in Mahan

Blog entry by Sridevi Padmanabhan | June 3, 2014

It is late evening in Uttar tolah (neighbourhood) in Amelia village. The sun begins its descent over the green hills and the lights of the closed Essar plant twinkle faintly in the distance. There is a tangible buzz in the air as...

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