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Driving through Nagarhole National Park, one suddenly stops to see the Forest giving way to cultivation. Small patches of Forest Land has been given to native tribals living within the Forests to cultivate. Their livelyhood is really tough, on one hand there are the land mafia's that illegally purchase Tribal land by paying the Tribals a paltry sum, there's the Govt on the other hand trying to re-locate them and trying to bring them to the mainstream. The latter most often does not work at all and I think is a grave mistake, the tribals are moved to places they do not belong, they loose their fertile agricultural land and end up with tougher challenges.
If they continue to stay, they have to defend their crops from Wild animals, especially Elephants resulting in Man-Animal conflicts which is not good for our Wildlife either.

At times like this when we are faced with problems and no clear solution, I always think of successful models adopted by Countries faced with similar challenges. The Austrilian model is especially commendable, of how the Aborigines were given their right of the way, protected and preserved their Culture and Knowledge. It is amazing to think that one among the most developed Countries still continues to have their indigenous tribe who have their own space and live in their Land just like they did thousands of years ago.
We already have such solutions, one just needs to make minor adjustments to suit their Countries and put them in place.


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