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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...

Bring in the sun to protect Mahan and India’s forests from coal mining

Blog entry by Abhishek Acharyya | May 30, 2014

It was the last time I saw the sun rise in Budher. When I woke up that day, I just could not control my tears. Next day I was going to be hundreds of miles away in Sonar Bangla from where I would see the sun rise from a train window...

It's not over till it's over!

Blog entry by Emma Gibson | May 29, 2014

They call this part of northern India the Badlands because it's renowned for its lawlessness. It certainly feels like the wild west and instead of the gold rush, it's a coal rush with companies like British-listed Essar making this...

The fight for Mahan will continue till the end

Blog entry by Prasad Mahadar | May 29, 2014

While I was in the fundraising department back in the city, Mahan was like a half-truth to me. When I got the opportunity from Greenpeace to go to Mahan, I realized that I would be able to know the whole truth about the story that we...

A life changing experience in Mahan

Blog entry by Pyaare Lal Panika | May 28, 2014

My name is Pyaare Lal Panika, driver of M.P 66C08A6 Bolero from Gram Raj Milan. My journey started on 12th April, 2014 when my Bolero was rented by the Greenpeace office and I was called to Waidhan. I didn't anticipate the kind of...

No tree felling in Mahan till October

Feature story | May 27, 2014 at 14:49

"There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for." - J.R.R. Tolkien On May 26, the Madhya Pradesh government committed to no tree felling in Mahan till October. Needless to say, this decision does give temporary relief to the...

No tree felling in Mahan till October

Feature story | May 27, 2014 at 14:49

"There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for." - J.R.R. Tolkien On May 26, the Madhya Pradesh government committed to no tree felling in Mahan till October. Needless to say, this decision does give temporary relief to the...

Feeling the spirit of Mahan

Blog entry by Aafreen | May 27, 2014

Sitting in the dark, in the field, on the mat, surrounded by tendu leaves left to dry, blanketed by a calm starry night sky, and a sudden flash light on my face breaking my serene moment. " Pehchana? Aafreen hai! " And right then...

The Volunteer Camp: An Inspiring Experience

Blog entry by Manoj Tripathi | May 23, 2014

Aah! Another batch of young volunteers – these eyes have become tired from counting the number of people who have been coming to Mahan. I wasn't too excited looking at these drowsy and tired kids, slowly settling down at 3 am in the...

The Women of Khairahi

Blog entry by Shashwati Shankar | May 23, 2014

The arrival of Essar Group's power plant has displaced the homes of several individuals in the Khairahi village in Mahan, Singrauli district. The women of Khairahi have been protesting against the company for over 2 months, in a...

Bechanlalji’s peaceful protest continues even behind bars

Blog entry by Sanchita Mahajan | May 22, 2014

I had first met Bechanlal ji in Delhi, last July. He has always been an excellent orator and a great leader. People listen to him, when he stands up to speak. Not that they don't for the others, but his aura was different - he was...

Mera Bharat Mahan

Blog entry by Abhishek Acharyya | May 22, 2014

We spend 15 most important years of life learning about our country and our world. We learnt how much we Indians care about our nature and how strong rule of law is in our country. But what if it all of this was proved to be wrong? ...

Destruction in the name of ‘DEVELOPMENT’!

Blog entry by Sumit Jagtap | May 21, 2014

Our journey from Mumbai to Singrauli and back was a memorable journey that I will forever remember. It was not just a journey but a struggle for the protection of the Mahan forest, all of us had one aim, to protect the rights of the...

Dreams in Mahan: Unraveling the minds of four young boys

Blog entry by Shashwati Shankar | May 21, 2014

When your days are spent away at boarding school and you return home for the summer holidays in the seemingly glorious Mahan forest; one wonders what life would seem like to you. Some of them are far too young to have left home for...

A Call For Justice To Unresponsive Singrauli Administrators

Feature story | May 19, 2014 at 19:01

Supporters joined Van Satyagrahis from Mahan for a peaceful protest outside the collectors office in Waidhan, Singrauli today. Forest rights activists have been treated unfairly by Singrauli's administration and police and supporters heavily...

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