October 11, 2017
Hastinapur, India—It took residents of Hastinapur village in the Indian state of Rajasthan three years of poring over maps, demarcating boundaries, and numerous petitions and visits to local officials to regain control of their traditional common land.
But the wait – and the effort – were worth it, they say.
The 87 acres of land now registered to the community have changed the lives of the 50 families because they are now able to safely graze their cattle, meet most of their need of fodder and firewood, and supplement their incomes.
The lush green grounds teeming with native trees and scrub were once arid, encroached by a neighboring v
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