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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

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...

The Day The World Rose For Forests

Feature story | May 18, 2014 at 18:10

The call to rise for Mahan on May 18 received an unprecedented wave of support, that echoed not only in various corners of India but also around the world. Over 1500 volunteers from over 120 cities across the globe raised banners urging for the...

Join the National Day of Action for Mahan’s forests

Blog entry by Prachi Mishra | May 17, 2014

' Saara Bharat MAHAN ', thats what comes to my mind when I think of the National Day of Action (NDA). This solidarity includes not only Indian metro cities but far flung places like Budgam, Leh and Imphal. Then, there are foreign...

Not just India, now the world is becoming Mahan

Blog entry by Sanchita Mahajan | May 16, 2014

We rushed to Mahan, as soon as we heard of the arrests of our fellow activists. Three of them - Akshay, Vinit and Vijay Shankar ji were granted bail, albeit for a crime they did not commit - but Bechanlal ji still continues his fight...

Understanding the Mahan Forest

Blog entry by Akash Mala Tamang | May 15, 2014

I heard of Mahan and came here through the 'YUVA Foundation', which is working for the youth at the grassroots level. I knew this camp would be a fantastic learning experience. This feeling was reinforced during the camp. The...

Forty hours in jail for Mahan’s forests, its people and their rights

Blog entry by Akshay Gupta | May 13, 2014

After spending forty hours in jail and judicial custody, I came out feeling even more motivated and determined to continue this struggle to save forests. Bechanlal ji is still in custody and getting him out is our first priority. We...

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