achintya's blog

Politicians and statesmen

Politicians too obsessed with petty personal agenda constitute the majority; and from the rest only a very few endowed with rare wisdom and given to hard work with empathy make the statesmen of the world.

Dignity of citizens

‘Leader’ tag to office bearers of political parties, MLAs and Ministers undermines the dignity of citizens.

Rape is an exclusive preserve of male Homo sapiens

No creature other than male Homo sapiens indulge in rape. This again is the only species that has been destroying the habitats not only of other fellow living organisms but very surely its own too. A bunch of lunatics, we are. The world would be much better without this species, nay the male part of it.

Clarion call to save Un-classified Government Forest in Tripura

Following rescind of the 1952 “Protected Forest” (PF) Notification in Tripura on the 9th August 1982, PF reverted to the pre-1952 status of Un-classified Government Forest (UCF). Stewardship of this 2195 square km of UCF, 21% of the geographical area of Tripura, lies now by default with the Revenue Department. The IPC, and not the Indian Forest Act, provides protection to UCF. There would be hardly any case under IPC against destruction of forest and forest land in UCF in the state.


Despite all the efforts, and the remarkable progress in afforestation through government schemes including the flagship National Afforestation Programme and high finance Externally Aided Projects through participatory JFM approach, the status of forest and forest land in general is pitiable in Tripura. Some of the issues contributing to this gloomy situation are stated hereafter.


Thrift is a virtue except when the practitioner enjoys cajoling others to be thriftless.

Making "One plus one eleven (1+1=11)" by Dr. SK Panda

The death of rivers

I am touched by Sudarshan Baidya’s excellent report, ‘ … Juri-Kakri nodir pare nei kashphuler dola, Shiuleer ghrane pujor aamej’ in the Dainik Sambad of the 24th September 2012; a journalistic research on the birth of ‘Fatikuli Bazar’ and its gradual transformation centering on the rivers Juri and Kakri into a thriving urban habitation and the largest trade and business centre of Tripura, Dharmanagar. Baidya lamented that the river Juri had degenerated into a chhera or an ephemeral stream and the river Kakri for all purpose was dead, not as a result of any natural disaster like earthquake but because they were sacrificed at the altar of GREED of the GOD’s best creation, Man.

Editor's note : to read the referenced article (in Bengali) please click on 'Read more'.

MoEF’s March 2011 direction to treat bamboo as a ‘Minor Forest Produce’ - had it gone astray?

The 21st March 2011 letter of the Union Minister for Environment & Forests requested Chief Ministers to direct State Forest Departments to treat bamboo as a Minor Forest Produce and to respect the right accrued to communities as per the Scheduled Tribes and other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest rights) Act, 2006 (FRA). Bamboo has always been treated as a ‘Minor Forest Produce (MFP)’ in forestry. The term ‘Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP)’ in place of MFP was coined much later in recognition to the growing appreciation of importance and value of these forest products.

Un-classified forest, whose baby ?

Following rescind of the 1952 “Protected Forest” (PF) Notification in Tripura, PF reverted to the pre-1952 status of “Un-classified Govt. Forest” or UCF. The stewardship of this 2195 km2 of UCF, 21% of the geographical area of Tripura, lies by default with the Revenue Department. The situation deserves a re-look. There are community managed forests in some NE states. If that is not feasible in Tripura, the other option may be to entrust management of UCFs to Gram Panchayats in accordance with the Tripura Land Reforms & Land Revenue Rules, 1961.