Restlessness in Tehri due to Forest policies

Restlessness in Tehri due to Forest policies

History of Tehri King Narendra Shah -37

History of Tehri Kingdom (Tehri and Uttarkashi Garhwal) from 1815 –1948- 229

History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) – 1476

By: Bhishma Kukreti (History Student)

The Kumaon Commissioner Bidham took appropriate actions for defusing tension in Kumaon Commissionaire.

In Tehri, there was land settlement in 1927-28 and the villagers’ rights on forest were reduced. Therefore, there was acute unrest among citizens. (4).   In many villages (in Ravayi), the cow shades, village paths and Khalihan are also put under forest zones by the settlement officers. The grass lands were also taken under state forest region. (2). The Kingdom was interested in earning money from forests and was keeping eyes closed for citizen’s comforts and rights. There became shortage of grassland and when people complained to the officers about no land for grazing the animals, those cruel officers used to answer “throw the animals into valley”(2)

The curbing on the forests rights of people created severe tension and restlessness in Tehri Garhwal as happened in British Uttarakhand.


1-Settlement Report Uttarkashi

2- Karma Bhumi 26th January 1956.

3- Tehri Garhwal forest manual page 23

4 -Dabral S., Tehri Garhwal Rajya ka Itihas Bhag 2 (new edition), Veer Gatha Press, Dogadda, (1999) page  41

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