ABSTRACT

The adivasis and other traditional forest dwellers of Korchi taluka in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, India, have protected their water, forests and land using their traditional knowledges generation after generation. Village assemblies in Korchi, India, are actively engaged in reimagining and reconstructing local governance institutions. The women’s collective is also asserting their voice in these emerging decision-making spaces. This article reports on a participatory study examining the emergence of this multi-dimensional transformative process carried out in 2017–2018. The process of establishing direct forms of democracy, management and conservation of forest; localising control over their livelihoods; raising gender and caste equity concerns; and reviving cultural identity are some of the elements in this story of transformation. An analysis of the process contributes to a more general understanding of transformations that this study is part of. The study also attempts to articulate visions of development or well-being inherent in these processes of transformations.