India’s ‘Outdated’ Herders Face a New Challenge


Though Delhi officials insist tribal shepherds form part of the country’s agrarian past, the farmers still constitute a key part of India’s rural structure. The nomadic herders spend months on end in search of pasturelands for their animals, sometimes roaming hundreds of kilometers. Many are the keepers of millennial traditions. But their future is increasingly in doubt as local Indian states begin to turn so-called ‘wastelands’ over to bio-fuel harvesters, gradually prohibiting territories essential to the herders’ survival.