The Government of India is circulating a bill, called the "Indian Forest Act 198...," to be enacted soon. The Government states that its objective is to protect the fast depleting forests of the country. But the bill has far reaching implications for our economy, environment, democratic polity and for the people who inhabit the forests. The introduction of such a bill is to be seen in the context of the forest policy of successive governments, shaped over the last century or so. The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, as a part of its campaign against the bill, is presenting the following critique of the forest policy and appeals to the democratic sections to demand the complete withdrawal of the bill.
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