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Is rural economy thriving in post-Aila Sunderbans, India?

This question began to haunt me since a doctoral student who himself is from the Sunderbans told me that the cyclone Aila (2009) had helped their economy to prosper. Hearing this I was stunned. I never imagined that the cyclone Aila, which had devastated the economy of Sunderbans and uprooted thousands of people from their

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Voices from the Sundarbans – “Why don’t we have any forest right?”

This pertinent question has recently been raised during an informal discussion with the author by an activist leader of Sundarban Jana shramajeebi Mancha, an NGO working at the margins in the Sundarbans region since 2006. The year 2006 is quite significant for the life and livelihood of the forest-dependent communities in India as in the

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