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Can folklore play a role in environmental conservation?
Conservation policies must be more inclusive of indigenous narratives, as their belief systems have protected the environment for centuries.
by Arundhuti Dasgupta | 8 min read

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“Language is like air; we understand its relevance in its absence”
Two young Adivasi cultural activists talk about their work of conserving and digitising their languages and the challenges they face in their endeavour.
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Gender attitudes in India: What’s changed and what hasn’t
Writer and professor Nivedita Menon and Founder-Director, CORO, Sujata Khandekar, discuss the challenges of shifting gender norms and attitudes in India, and the work that still needs to be done.
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Photo essay: The life and times of India’s tribal women leaders
From empowering women and ensuring education for young girls, to fighting for the rights of their people, here’s a look at the lives of women leaders from four different tribal communities in India.
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A single mother paves the way for working women in her village
A day in the life of a grassroots leader in Yavatmal who is committed to helping women become self-reliant and fostering community resilience against climate change.
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A young Adivasi sarpanch in Gadchiroli fears neither Naxalites nor the cops
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  • Can folklore play a role in environmental conservation?
    Conservation policies must be more inclusive of indigenous narratives, as their belief systems have protected the environment for centuries.

    A single mother paves the way for working women in her village
    A day in the life of a grassroots leader in Yavatmal who is committed to helping women become self-reliant and fostering community resilience against climate change.

    Photo essay: The life and times of India’s tribal women leaders
    From empowering women and ensuring education for young girls, to fighting for the rights of their people, here’s a look at the lives of women leaders from four different tribal communities in India.


    Can folklore play a role in environmental conservation?
    Conservation policies must be more inclusive of indigenous narratives, as their belief systems have protected the environment for centuries.

    “Language is like air; we understand its relevance in its absence”
    Two young Adivasi cultural activists talk about their work of conserving and digitising their languages and the challenges they face in their endeavour.

    Gender attitudes in India: What’s changed and what hasn’t
    Writer and professor Nivedita Menon and Founder-Director, CORO, Sujata Khandekar, discuss the challenges of shifting gender norms and attitudes in India, and the work that still needs to be done.

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  • “Language is like air; we understand its relevance in its absence”
    Two young Adivasi cultural activists talk about their work of conserving and digitising their languages and the challenges they face in their endeavour.

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    The social sector needs more women in leadership roles
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