When the Forest is our Garden, the garden also becomes a place for Conflict (of Interests)
Community mobilisation under the Tribal Yuva Sangathan: Fight for rights under FRA and CFRR, Conservation & revival of traditional practices
Srilaxmi | Vasco, Goa
Conservation & Co-existence
Srilaxmi is from Vasco, Goa. Open-hearted, she is willing to immerse, learn and create. Flawed like anyone, confused like many, the rope in a tug of war like few, and herself like nobody else, Srilaxmi is figuring her way through. And in all the madness of the mind, heart and soul, she thrives most in the strong arms of nature and community living.
In the fellowship, she explored conservation and coexistence, whilst also questioning contemporary notions of development and trying to locate a peoples' aspirations within this. She sees a gap between traditional understanding and scientific knowledge which needs to be bridged through respect, harmony and empowerment of the self and others.
"A man I once met in my journey of life told me, "When you choose to fight, you choose a life of struggle. And this life is hard, but it is also meaningful." Over the past few months of exploring the coexistence of humankind with the rest of nature, and conservation, this thought became profound learning, taking form in different people and journeys, but with one little addition; that struggle isn't just a struggle anymore when you accept it. Alivelihood, after all, is something that makes you come alive, and feeling alive is feeling beautiful, whatever be the force that is firing your spirit."