Traditional Warfare and a Retired General Come Together at the Reh Festival in Roing

The Reh Festival, celebrated by the Idu Mishmi community in Arunachal Pradesh, is held each year from February 1-3. The timing is just right to head down to Dibang Valley during the festival and experience nature’s beauty and this colourful festival. Reh festival this year is being supported by Tourism Department, Govt of Arunachal and Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India. Seen in the image above,General (Retd.) J.J. Singh, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh dresses up in traditional weapons from the

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Rivers for Life: Global Grassroots Movements Against Big Dams Unite in Mexico

It’s hot sunny afternoon and the weather is dry in this far rugged country side. A truck stops by the bar and a man with a hat and a big moustache comes out of the vehicle. This is ‘Mexico’ that comes to my mind. I had the good fortune of visiting this country as I was invited by International Rivers, an organization based in Berkeley in California, to attend its third meeting of the dam affected people.  The meeting was

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‘Wild Meat Trail’ , A Film on Hunting in Northeast India Wins Green Oscar

Northeast India are pretty much the ‘Green Lungs of India’ and the region is one of the seven original biodiversity hotspots in the world. Blessed with rich natural resources and home to around 225 tribes, the region has remained enchanting and unexplored. Lack of awareness and illiteracy has handicapped many people living in these remote areas in the region to treat nature as a fast depleting and endangered resource. And even though they may not even have heard of anything

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Dam the River, Damn the People in India’s NE State of Arunachal Pradesh

Tucked away in the northeastern most part of India, with snow capped Himalayas in the north and the plains of Brahamaputra river valley in the south is the diversity rich state of Arunachal Pradesh. But for its geographic location and other political factors, the state would have been an ideal eco-tourism destination and an ultimate getaway for the rest of India and the world. Presently, it’s a region hidden away from repeated human intervention, aptly tagged: Paradise Unexplored! Such is the lack of information about the

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