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‘NOW, WE OWN OUR FORESTS’

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FIELD-NOTES FROM BASTAR Sometimes, you do not understand all the dimensions of a story unless you reach the place where the story resides. All the more so when you are travelling to the so-called Naxal heartlands of Chhattisgarh, chasing a story of Community Forest Rights. All along, the cab-driver incessantly regales you with seemingly innocent quips about how the ‘naxals’ recently abducted a foreign journalist and kept his camera as a keepsake, and how they have ‘training grounds’ which are out of bound to even the locals – and all that. Heck, you can’t even tell him that his exuberance…

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