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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...

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...

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