No Development Zone to Development Zone – Akshay M.D.M

The article is about fire happened at Aarey colony and after politics started for claiming land and changing in development plan. The reservation was held for no development zone. Now It take place as development zone because it is now no more green zone.  Some activists are stating it was not natural fire it is…

The Path – Akshay M.D.M

Thousands of years before urban planning, motor vehicles, or even the wheel, the first roads appeared on the landscape. Our first roads were spontaneously formed by humans walking the same paths over and over to get water and find food. As small groups of people combined into villages, towns and cities, networks of walking paths…

Insights from Gorai village- Akshay M.D.M

The inhabitants of this setting were the original inhabitants of the region. It has a population of approximately 10 to 12 thousand. In terms of religious demographics, Gorai consist of majorly Koli Community who profess Christianity, and also families who practice Hinduism and Islam. Majority of the population’s livelihood depends on fishing whilst a few…

Tribes and Trees : A critical appraisal of ‘Tree Trail’ – Akshay M.D.M

In Indian culture, trees have been regarded with special reverence. The ancient Indian civilization was primarily dependent upon and intimately associated with forests and flora. Over the years forest conservation has been a very challenging topic of discussion. With a group of environmentalists saying that Adivasis are responsible for forest destruction and another group challenging…

Some Insights from Aarey Adivasi Habitat Mumbai: Akshay M.D.M

Introduction Constitution of India, Article 366 (25) defined Scheduled Tribes as, “Such Tribal or Tribal communities or parts of groups within such tribes or tribal communities as are deemed under Article 342 to be scheduled tribes for purposes of this constitution.” The term Scheduled Area has been defined in the Indian constitution as ‘such areas…

Learnings from a Meeting with an Urban Expert: Akshay M.D.M

The organization has done some brilliant work in urban sector. Today’s discussion around the urbanization framework and developmental approach was insightful. Further we discussed interrelationship between economic prosperity and growth of cities, development projects (Tunsa pipeline project, Mithi River project, Mumbai Urban transport project.) that affected marginalized communities and their resettlement as well as government…