Forest Conservation and Peasant Struggles in Assam

Researcher: Arupjyoti Saikia

This study explores the historical dimension of the competition between the agrarian and forest frontier in Assam. It shows how the current conflict in Doyang Tengani is rooted in a series of state-supported ventures for forest colonisation. The study also examines the emergence of various forms of peasant protests in the state against the backdrop of the various environmental legislations and legal barriers that have redefined the power of the state in terms of its right to forests and wastelands.

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Though focused on Assam, the study throws light on forest and land policy questions of broader interest, and has implications for our understanding of social movements in general and movements around the forest-land rights issue in particular.