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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...

Environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal receives the Goldman Environment Prize

Blog entry by Komal Singh | April 30, 2014

For years now, courage has been defined in many different ways. But it all comes down to this – courage is not the absence of fear but our ability to get past it and follow our truth. And when ordinary people show extraordinary...

Asia’s largest sal forest needs you

Blog entry by Adarsh Vansay | April 30, 2014

The hands resemble chicken beaks, pecking away at fresh flower buds that fall in the morning. It is the peak season for the forest dwellers to pick mahua in Mahan. After this season which lasts a little over a month at this time of...

This Earth Day we showed our love for forests

Blog entry by anon | April 24, 2014

Twenty second April, 2014 was more than just Earth Day for Junglistan. The most awaited 'Stand for forests! Stand for Mahan!' solidarity event was held in major cities of India on that very day. Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai saw...

The Blue Roller, Hill Myna and many other birds of Mahan

Blog entry by Phiroza Tafti | April 23, 2014

"Mahan" - one of the greatest and oldest sal forests in India. More than 60 villages depend on these forests for their livelihood. Essar's intention to mine coal in these forests is going to destroy livelihood and a lot more. ...

This Earth day, we made it Mahan

Blog entry by Swati Mehta | April 22, 2014

'We did it.' There's a cheerful ring to this phrase even without the exclaimation mark. Today's edition of the Business Standard in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal and Ahmedabad has a full page ad asking our future government. 'Will...

Toxic waste spill in Mahan: Essar’s dereliction of duty

Blog entry by Shashwati Shankar | April 22, 2014

Essar's power plant located in Mahan, Singauli district witnessed a major dam failure which released toxic fly ash waste into the local community's land and homes. Fly ash, dumped in huge open mounds and in toxic ponds, is likely to...

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