60- 65 villages are dependent on Mahan forest (Madhya Pradesh) for their livelihood. They get forest produces such as mahua, dori, tendu leaves, chiraunji for selling and using for themselves, many plants of medicinal value, dry wood for cooking and supporting their houses, clean drinking water from the forest. But now, the Government and Mahan Coal Ltd together are destroying the forest by coal mining. Kripanath wants to save Mahan forest but from the local administration to the ministers, nobody is listening to his complaint. So, he is using Radio Sangharsh platform to spread the word, hoping that whoever is listening to his appeal, will come forward and help save Mahan forest.
You can contact Kripanath Yadav (vil. Amelia, dst. Singrauli) at 9753939429
Wild animals are worried about the epidemic deforestation. Listen to Dasrath Mahto singing (in Kotha language) soulfully about the animals’ sorrow over vanishing forests. Dasrath is from Giridi, Jharkhand.
To know more about contact Dasrath Mahto – 7739486083
Kaise aakash mein surakh nahi ho sakta, Ek pathar to upar uchalo yaaro – Dushyant Kumar
J.M Rangeela talks about how farmers in Bokaro have made this quote a reality. Farming in Jharkand has always been heavily dependent on monsoon. When the monsoon is good it results in good productivity or else the farmers end up suffering. Organisations like Adarsh Gram Vikas Seva Samiti have been encouraging farmers to invest in crops which requires less amount of water so that they don’t get affected with less rain & can still make money. 138 farmers from 9 panchayats have successfully farmed on lands which have been barren for years & grown crops which requires less water. There have been many such success stories from other farmers as well. Farmers who were successful doing farming on barren land will be rewarded so that it encourages others to start farming as well, said Agriculture co-operative officer Balram. For more details contact J.M. Rangeela – 8877185940
Raju Rana (District Chatra, Jharkhand) is speaking about the local who collect leaves from the forest to make ‘pattal’ (plates made of leaves). Out of every two days’ hard work, one can make ten bundles of pattals and earn just thirty rupees total. It is a traditional job (passed on for generations) for many, but now it is more out of compulsion for women who are severely poverty stricken. Raju demands from Govt help for making these poor women economically self sufficient.
Pradeep Kumar Vishwakarma (vil. Suhira, dst. Singrauli, Madya Pradesh) doesn’t want to give his forest to the companies at any cost. His livelihood completely depends on forest. He gets mahua, dori, tendu and other important forest produce from the forest and by selling these he earns his livelihood. You can contact Pradeep – 9165789682
Radio Sangharsh is Greenpeace India’s decentralized project that helps the larger world discover stories from the dense forests. By digitizing the voices from grassroots, we hope to facilitate sharing of grassroots people’s life with the environment to the rest of the world. Combining technology with powerful social expressions, Radio Sangharsh aims to create a platform that will provoke and enlarge the debate around the right of indigenous people on forests. Read more...