Village Society

June 26, 2020

The Story of Baiga Women of Kutelidadar

Highlighting discriminatory practices that the Baiga women have to confront because of their identity of being ‘Baigin’, this paper traces the journey a group of Baiga women undertook to tackle the water scarcity problem in Dahiyaan tola, a journey of addressing their ‘darr (fear)’ of dealing with state agencies and claiming their rights.
May 19, 2020

Forest Village Ghugri: Constraints and Opportunities

May 18, 2020

A Walk through the Jungle

Realizing the compelling need of understanding the relationship between the jungle and the people who live off it, Azim Premji University and PRADAN began a four-year course in Adaptive Skilling through Action Research—an attempt to understand these complex socio-ecological systems and arrive at development strategies, which encompassed an exploration of the jungle as a reservoir of ethno-medicines, as a school for the younger generation, and as a source of rejuvenation of bio-diversity
December 12, 2018

Building Trust with the Surjapuri Community

Reminiscing about his early days as Development Apprentice in the village, the author muses on his learnings and challenges as he begins to understand the challenges and tries to build inroads of trust with the women in the community
October 7, 2018

The Narrative of Development: In Search of an Alternative

Realizing that the world of consumerism and many of the interventions carried out in the name of development will take their people away from traditional practices and habits that have sustained them in good health over centuries, the Kandho tribe takes active steps to resist any outside help that will snuff out age-old, time-tested resources and ways of living and life. In this, they are helped by Living Farms, a civil society organization, in South Odisha.
November 2, 2017

The Dehuri: In Search of an Identity

Calling itself the ‘Dehuri’, the Hill Khadia tribe, the hero of this tale is in search of a space for itself in agrarian setting. Their confusions, struggles, perceptions of society and the desired role of intervention agencies constitute the body of the narration
August 5, 2017

Development and Resistance

Reflecting on the assumptions and beliefs that a development professional has as he enters a community, the author explores the need for greater awareness, sensitivity and acceptance of villagers’ abilities, requirements and choices
January 6, 2017

Dhurmaras: A Crucible of Conflicts

Struggling to gain recognition and access to their rights as a community living at the fringes of the forests and off the forest produce, the villagers of Dhurmaras attempt to make the best out of the situation they are in, hoping the government will address their issues and see them as contributors to society
June 5, 2010

Life in a Maria Village

Kaleidoscopic images, which typify life in a village in Bastar, bring forth the flavour, warmth, simplicity and aspirations of the Marias.