Radio Sangharsh

‘‘+91 99 029 15604’’ We’re listening to the forests speak! Do you want to hear?

We, at Greenpeace, are trying to connect us back to where we came from; connect us to people and the nature with Radio Sangharsh.

Radio Sangharsh is Greenpeace’s initiative to bring the voices of the grassroots to the light of the larger world. Making use of mobile phones, it hopes to revolutionise the people’s rights movement by strengthening their voices with an innovative technological intervention.

Radio Sangharsh allows you to hear the opinions of people from the grassroots, and their journey of life with the environment by simply dialing the Radio Sangharsh number free of cost. Radio Sangharsh will facilitate the fight to save our precious forests from being cut down for dirty coal.

This is your chance to get closer and more involved with the grassroots. Don’t miss listening to the stories below!

Listen to the real voices!

Life with Forests

Virender Singh shares how Mahan forest is a source of livelihood for about 13,000 people across more than 62 villages. He expresses his concern over the debasement of so many families and communities. Listen to him demand his community’s right under the forest act 2006-07. He requests the audience of Radio Sangharsh to call the collector and DFO urging them take a stand for the rights of the communities in and around Mahan forest and against its destruction. The contact numbers: Collector - Mr. M Salvendran - 9425821181, DFO - Mr. S.K. Singh - 9424793525


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Medicinal value of the forest trees

Hear Matuklalji’s interview about the extremely critical medicinal usage of forest herbs Sattawar, Guruch and Bawanr, which are easily found in Mahan forest. Sattwar’s utility is to overcome from weakness and also regulate body temperature and appetite. Guruch has great healing properties and its used especially to heal fractures. Bawanr is used to recover from wound for both humans and animals.


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Rice plantation folk songs

Listen to Phoolmati Devi sing a beautiful folk song, usually sung during the season of rice plantation.


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Livelihoods in the forest

Life with the Mahan forest is fulfilling, and Ramlalu Singh Kairwar expresses it beautifully. A tribal from Budher village, tehsil sarai, district Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh, he talks about how his livelihood is dependent on Mahaan forest. Listen to the excitement with which he shares how he cultivates rice and vegetables on his land and gets tendu leaves, Mahua fruits, Bela and other important things for his life from the forest. Like all other Mahan communities, he is upset and not in favor of coal mining. He is happy and comfortable with no dissatisfaction with his traditional way of living.


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Know more!  
  • What is the issue?

    Since last two years, Greenpeace has been building a campaign to bring out the stories from the the dense closet of Mahan forest in Madhya Pradesh from companies like Essar and Hindalco clearing it for coal. These forests provide livelihoods and identity to the people living in the villages around the forest. Greenpeace is fighting for the forest rights of these people in Mahan. We believe that the indigenous people should be given what they deserve. Save their rights, save the forest.

  • What is Radio Sangharsh?

    Radio Sangharsh is Greenpeace’s grassroots tool that allows local people to share stories, traditional knowledge, folk songs and grievances from their lives in Mahaan and how important the forest is to them. Radio Sangharsh has been conceptualised as a tool to empower local communities with a voice. And we are facilitating in making their voices be heard.

  • How Radio Sangharsh Works?

    Radio Sangharsh, a decentralised communication platform, reveals the unfiltered truth, the real stories from ground zero, reported by citizen journalists from the communities in and around Mahaan forest. To report a story, one needs to give a missed call to a mobile number, upon which they will be called back to hear from. It’s free of cost, time efficient and user friendly! Voice instructions from the other side lets you record your own story in 3 minutes, or, navigate through the other published stories over the phone.

  • What is its Larger Impact?

    Radio Sangharsh aims to push these stories forward to the larger world. Their stories deserve to be heard. Their stories deserve to be heard, their culture needs to be restored and their problems needs your simple action to be solved. The Mahaan communities are fighting to save their forest, which is the guardian of their culture and source of livelihood. Powerful corporations are seeking to destroy the thick forest cover, the rich biodiversity and endangered animals, and livelihoods of a lakh people - only to mine for coal.

What can you do?  
  • What can you do?

    Take direct action! Call up the concerned authorities and demand the change needed to solve the community issue.

    Share Radio Sangharsh stories on your social profiles: Facebook / Twitter / Google+ page to add more people power!

    Call the mobile radio number 09902915604 and support the communities by leaving a message and letting them know that they are not alone in their fight against injustice.

    Send stories from Radio Sangharsh to your friends in media.

    Report stories, straight from ground zero! If you are from the media, use the recorded messages as first-hand information.