Wisdom of Life


Strengthening Tribal Self Governance through PESA, FRA and Tribal Customary Norms and Practices

The government of India enacted Panchayatiraj Extension to Scheduled Areas Act (PESA) and the Forest Rights Act (FRA)to empower tribals living in the forest with various privileges including minor forest produces and minor minerals. Several Civil Society Organizations and Non-Government Organizations are working towards proper implementation of PESA and FRA in the respective areas to provide dignity of life to the tribal population. Caritas India’s

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Songkhing village harnessing canal water for irrigation

Situated in the foothills, Songkhing village receives only 1500-2500 mm of rainfall to sustain their agriculture, the main profession of this village. Falling under Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh, and due to the impact of climate change, Songkhing receives erratic rainfalls, the farmers were compelled to abandon their fields due to draught in lean seasons. “We are not able to cultivate our field as per our needs and were wondering if ever

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Oppressed ST community teach basic life lesson to the oppressors

The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4) shows that 45.9% of scheduled tribe members were in the lowest wealth bracket compared to 26.6% of scheduled castes in India. For the last fifteen years, 38 scheduled tribe families belonging to Irular community living at the periphery of Oragadam village dominated by the Backward community (BC) in Thirukazhukundram Block of Kanchipuram District, Tamilnadu. These 38 families are victims of social

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How IEC tools can improve the efficiency of behavioural change

Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) play a vital role in behavior change communication of development work, as it determines the level of awareness building and sustained behavior change. It is a journey which starts from shifting in knowledge, then attitude and ultimately change in behavior. Field coordinators and community mobilizers of Swaraksha, Anti Human Trafficking programme came together to learn and discuss the behavior change

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Since last 7 generations, Drorstar Mawthoh from Mawmuthoh village in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya is engaged in treating poor people through traditional herbal medicines. He has claimed that he had successfully treated patients suffering from malaria, diarrhea, boils, burns, snake bite, bone fractures, blood pressure, and above all Cancer. In the Khasi society, the practice of the traditional way of healing has existed since the ancient times and

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