Tribals in Tiger Territories of Vidarbha: Issues and Challenges is the outcome of an ICSSR, New Delhi sponsored research project. The first Tiger Reserve was established in 1973 and today there are 50 Tiger Reserves in the country, five of which are in Maharashtra, in the Vidarbha region. Many tiger reserves are home to villages with tribal people. The presence of human settlements inside the core area causes problems in the preservation of the tiger. On other hand, the villages located in the reserves areas are deprived of basic civic facilities such as schools, hospitals, markets, transport, etc. This book is about the nature of intervention methods employed by the government (the Forest Department) and their effects on these tribes in the context of social work practice. The book explores alternative sources of income adopted by tribal people to earn a livelihood in the context of sustainable development.
Keshav Walke is a Professor and Officiating Principal at Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur affiliated with Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. He has both practice and teaching experience in Social Work. He was NSS Programme Coordinator at the University and Honorary Director of Childline at Nagpur and Wardha. He has organized international conferences held in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Nepal. He has completed minor & major research projects and presently working on TRI, MoTA sponsored major research on ST & Other Traditional Dwellers in Protected Areas: Study of Their Rights, Issues and Challenges. He is a content writer of modules for UGC, E-PG Pathshala. He is actively associated with Professional bodies such as MASWE, NAPSWI and APASWE. He is awarded various awards at University, State and International levels. Recently, the Government of Maharashtra awarded the "NSS Programme Coordinator Appreciation Certificate Award" for 2019-20 to him. His areas of interest are child protection, displacement of tribal people and their rehabilitation, rural youth and social science research.