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Making of Soil and Soul

Blog entry by Priti Rao | May 12, 2014

Our terrace is our laboratory. This wonderful laboratory, under the open sky helps us understand the subtle science of nature. Our first experiment started with managing our waste. Segregation has always been our part of life,...

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve

Blog entry by Adarsh Vansay | May 12, 2014

Things Then My first interaction with anyone from Greenpeace left me in complete awe – of both the person and the organisation. And I am not talking only of the related news articles or the seemingly stupid but effectively brave...

Forged Signatures - The Basis of Mahan's Clearance

Feature story | May 12, 2014 at 13:51

Nai Duniya, the Hindi newspaper carried story on May 8th regarding the irregularities connected to the Gram Sabha resolution regarding Essar and Hindalco's proposed coal mine in Mahan's forests. The resolution that was designed to give a voice to...

Over Forty hours in jail, and three activists released, one still held in Singrauli

Feature story | May 11, 2014 at 12:06

"To get arrested and jailed for standing up, does not only show courage - but it's the only thing that will release us from the actual confines of human suppression" ~ Anonymous

Over Forty hours in jail, and three activists released, one still held in Singrauli

Feature story | May 11, 2014 at 12:06

"To get arrested and jailed for standing up, does not only show courage - but it's the only thing that will release us from the actual confines of human suppression" ~ Anonymous

Mahan Forest Four Update: “Ladai jaari rahe. Lekin shantipoorvak (struggle must go on...

Blog entry by Vivek Goyal | May 9, 2014

“…..Humlog andar hain, theek hai. Kanoon ko haath me hum nahi liye hain. Kanoon ko saath lekar chal rahe hain. Apna hak apni maryada na chore…..” [We are inside (the jail) it’s okay. We have not taken the law in our own hands. We are...

A village called Budher

Blog entry by Siddhant | May 9, 2014

The village of Budher is one of about 50 plus villages that constitute Mahan. It can be reached by swerving left off the main road after a 40 km drive from the industrial town of Waidhan. The road meanders through a series of small...

Mahan through the eyes of a law student

Blog entry by Ajay Maherchandani | May 9, 2014

Article 21 of the Constitution of India states the Right to Life and Liberty. This was what I was taught in my Jurisprudence lectures but the reality of it all seems to be different and unfortunate. It seems that all law students are...

Arrested & Beaten Up: All for Saving Forests!

Feature story | May 8, 2014 at 18:10

You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere. ~ Ursula LeGuin

First hand account of the activists’ arrest in Mahan

Blog entry by Vivek Goyal | May 8, 2014

I asked them why were they here, at this hour? They said, "You will find out soon." We woke-up to the sound of loud knocking on our door. It took us a few minutes to realize what was happening. It was around 12.00 at night. Ten...

Stand up and fight for the people of Mahan!

Blog entry by Ardhra Karayil | May 7, 2014

My first, and hopefully not the last, visit to Mahan forest led me to a new discovery. A forest full of beautiful trees, animals, humans and the magical peacefulness in the air can be found nowhere else. I left for Mahan forest...

Collecting stories with Mahua in Mahan

Blog entry by Deepika Joshi | May 7, 2014

The drive from Greenpeace office in Waidhan to the village of Budher was an interesting one. One could see the presence of the multinational giants in its infrastructure and offices and their markings in the region as a part of their...

Exploring the lives of the people of Mahan

Blog entry by Shashwati Shankar | May 7, 2014

Inside Bhajadhari Kushwaha’s home in the village Budher, Singrauli District "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." - Harvey...

MSS prevents Essar officials from demarcating trees in Mahan's forest

Feature story | May 6, 2014 at 17:19

Violating the rights of the people of Mahan, Essar's officials have been marking trees to demarcate forest areas about to get the axe. On May 5, the officials came up against members of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS) when they returned to the...

Johnson and Johnson: The path to 'No More Tears' in Indonesian rainforests

Blog entry by Joao Talocchi | May 2, 2014

It's frustrating to think about the link between forest destruction and that bright yellow shampoo that miraculously allowed parents to wash their babies hair without igniting a burning-eyes meltdown. While human babies splashed around...

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