A Tale of Two Forest Villages: Badamul and Sahajbahal
The mystery of the forest deepens with increased interactions with the people inhabiting the forested landscapes. It deepens further with a greater understanding of the concept of forest villages and un-surveyed villages that are of a special kind.
What are forest villages?
In order to keep the forests in its control, the forest department conceptualized ‘forest villages’ also known as ‘un-surveyed villages’ to achieve two major goals:
- Forest regrowth: to achieve growth of forest resources such as timber and others. In this connection, the forest department’s efforts date back to the British period in India when people from other forests were shifted to forest villages in order to ensure consistent maintenance of forest resources.
- Rehabilitation sites: forest villages were used to rehabilitate and settle people displaced by governmental development projects.
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