India, Jan. 19 -- Having suffered under both, the British and post-independence governments, even the Forest Rights Act 2006 has been partially and messily implemented in theDangs

Residents of the Dangs, like in many forested parts of India, have had to struggle to assert community rights over natural resources. What started during the British occupation of India has continued to the present day.

A cluster of thickly forested hills in the northern tip of the Sahyadri mountain range, the Dangs district is located in southern Gujarat near Surat.

Teak (locally known as Sagwan ) and bamboo dominate its landscape, contributing to the political economy of the region. According to local legend, the 'Dangs' got its name from the term 'Dandak-ara...