Watch this well made documentary from Indian Public Television by Aparna Katara Sharma: View this movie at cultureunplugged.com The documentary visits some familiar friends although leaves out the big questions about the complicated role of governments, contractors, and regional economic, ecological, and even foreign policies at play.
In 2008, EQUATIONS published a dossier entitled, “Redefining Tourism – Experiences and Insights from Rural Tourism Projects in India”, that brought together the experiences of policymakers, implementers and community members working on ecotourism projects throughout the country. Mountain Shepherds was one of its case studies (pp. 90-99), and our experiences have been included in this […]
During a trek in the Himalayan range Yoga sessions were conducted as a trial from 3rd and 18th June 2007. The participants were university students from USA who were on a geographical study trip. The Yoga class was optional for the participants. The journey started from Rishikesh moving on to Lohajung, Bedni, Aali, Pathar nachauniya, […]
Community Rights and Livelihoods in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, India “This Talking Points document revisits the communities surrounding Nanda Devi, where the Chipko movement in which tree-hugging village women successfully prevented state-organised timber concessionaires from felling forest trees began in the 1970s. These communities where conservation activism traces its roots lost much of their […]
January 2005 Entitled, “Himalaya: The mother of all mountains”, the special January issue of the French travel & geographic journal surveys the challenges and travails confronting Himalayan communities from Kashmir to Nepal, with Nanda Devi leading the way. Through exclusive photos of people and places around the biosphere reserve, the magazine retells the Nanda Devi […]
Jagigyan hum, beejigyan hum; Ab ni chalali choron ki Ghor apuna, baun apuna; Ab ni chalali auron ki (We have risen, we are awake; No longer will thiefs rule our destiny It is our home, our forests; No longer will the others decide for us) Maatu hamru, paani hamru, hamra hi chhan yi baun bhi […]