Author: Bhaskar ViraRukmini Sekhar/Painter/Illustrator/Animator: Jayanto BanerjeePublisher: Viveka FoundationYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 36ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188251267
Four city teenagers go camping to see tigers in the wild. By a strange quirk of fate, they are thrown into a completely different adventure. One that was to change their lives forever and open their eyes to a whole new way of looking at the forest....The Spirit of the Forest is a story about the plight of tribals and other communities that depend on the forest for their livelihoods. For generations, forests and they have had an unbroken bond that sustained each other. Suddenly, with today's mad pace of development and the crazy race for urban acquisition, the forest and its people are under severe threat. Realising that India's forest cover needs to be restored, the government has come up with many schemes, such as Joint Forest Management in which people and the government collaborate to protect forests. But how well are these programmes working? Are they helping the underprivileged to sustain themselves? Are they furthering the deep poetical and loving relationship between forest and people? Or are there conflicts? These are some of the questions that this comic asks.Underlying all this is a lady, profoundly anguished yet offering hope ... she is ... the spirit of the forest.This comic is based on research in Madhya Pradesh that was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of developing countries under its Natural Resources Systems Programme (project no R8280). The research was coordinated through the University of Cambridge.