Philip Gain

Philip Gain is researcher and director of Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD). He has been reporting, writing and filming on Modhupur sal forest and its people since 1986.

May 1, 2020
May 1, 2020

Why are tea workers out of the ambit of labour law?

The tea plantation workers (TPWs) in some 60 tea gardens in Sylhet stopped work for a day or two in the beginning of the countrywide lockdown.

April 16, 2020
April 16, 2020

No one, nowhere, should go hungry or die without care

The coronavirus has affected us all—rich and poor alike. Yet, giving attention and care to communities considered excluded, marginalised and invisible should be a priority for the state and well-to...

March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020

Coronavirus threat: Tea workers’ say no to work

The tea workers of Shamshernagar Tea Garden in Kamalganj upazila, Moulvibazar, took matters into their own hands in defiance of the garden management and stopped work from March 27.

March 8, 2019
March 8, 2019

Among Garo and Khasis, women decide who gets what

Purna Chisik and Satendra Nokrek have four daughters—Francila, Malita, Nomita and Malina—and two sons—Parmel and Sebastin.

January 25, 2019
January 25, 2019

The story of a floating people

14 Bede families have set up their oval-shaped makeshift tents on private land in Natun Torki, a village in Kalkini Upazila of Madaripur district. A branch of the Arialkha river flows on the west...

September 2, 2018
September 2, 2018

The environmental sacrifice

We stand in the middle of Rohingya Camp No. 18. It is in the southwest of Kutupalong Rohingya camp cluster in Ukhia upazila of Cox's Bazar district. We are stunned.

June 30, 2018
June 30, 2018

Elections in tea gardens and the larger issues of tea workers

Election of Bangladesh Cha Sramik Union (BCSU) on June 24 was a joyous occasion for tea workers. BCSU happens to be the largest trade union in Bangladesh. And it is the only union for the 97,646...

June 8, 2018
June 8, 2018

IN AGONY

Sicilia Snal, aged 25 in 2006, was shot when she went to collect firewood in the forest near her village. Sicilia is a Garo woman of Uttar Rasulpur, in Madhupur sal forest area. It was early in the...

May 11, 2018
May 11, 2018

Dinesh Nokrek - The Last of Sangsarek

Dinesh Nokrek, in his nineties, is a Garo kamal in Dharati village of Madhupur forest in Tangail. In Garo society, kamal signifies a priest in the traditional Garo religion of Sangsarek—a vanishing...

April 27, 2018
April 27, 2018

The man with 100 forest cases... and why he claims he is innocent

Hssan Ali appeared at Tangail Forest Court on January 4, 2018 to take bail in a 'forest case' (no. 405) that was filed in 1998 for felling of trees. He had been charged in absentia on...