North East India

The League of Extraordinary Individuals at BFA 2017

The League of Extraordinary Individuals at BFA 2017

The power to make a difference lies within us all. Nothing could demonstrate this fact more clearly than the recipients of this year’s Balipara Foundation Awards – ordinary men and women with extraordinary achievements.

Seeding for the Future at the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark

Planting the seed

Mohan Chandra Borah, a farmer turned conservationist, donates 109 rice seeds varieties to the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark

Mahan Chandra Borah runs a unique library in the foothills of eastern Himalayas in Assam to preserve the rare indigenous rice varieties, one grain at a time. This library will help in securing genetic diversity for climate resilience.

Report for the Training Workshop on Bamboo Utilization

Trainee with the members of EHBA and CBTC

Workshop Report:


  • To foster Rural Futures in the Eastern Himalayas.
  • To Create socio-economic and environment interdependence through the concept of Naturenomics™

  • To provide training to bamboo artisans and entrepreneurs.

  • To  raise awareness on sustainable livelihood through bamboo based activities and products in the region.


Balipara Foundation supports Sirish Mahotsav, fostering socio-economic development of Rural Assam

Ranjit Barthakur,  Chiarman APPL and Balipara Foundation  presents the concept of RuFu to Honorable Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and the role of Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum for successful community conservation in the region.

The Tea Tribes are integral to the culture of Assam & West Bengal and it is this amalgamation of cultures that gives the modern day its distinctive richness. After 3 years of success, in this fourth year of celebration of the Festival of Tea Tribes, it is a moment of pride as the cultural uniqueness of the community is brought forth in its true vibrant colours. Sirish is the answer to the calling for preservation, promotion and propagation of the various cultural forms of the Tea Tribes.

Exploring the Community Heritage of Assam on a Land Rover North-East Tour at the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark

Land Rover North-East Tour

Escorted in our very own first-generation Land Rover, 19 members from Land Rover arrived in style in 5 new discovery models to the biodiverse haven of the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark.

Aid for Pachyderms

PARINITA DATTA highlights a unique initiative of the Balipara Foundation.

India has lost vast swathes of land to urbanisation in recent decades. As a result, the human-animal tussle for space is reaching new heights. Elephants seem a lot more like human beings. They live about as long as we do. They mourn their dead and they bear grudges against people who have hurt them, and sometimes go on revenge sprees.

“Arundhati Roy explores the hub of Community Conservation in the Eastern Himalayas”

Arundhati Roy with team

“Goddess of major things”, acclaimed author Suzanna Arundhati Roy, a naturalist and an outspoken advocate of human rights visits our community-centered conservation site, the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark.  Roy’s novel “God of small things” is composed in a lyrical language and timeless narrative that departed from conventional plots and became the biggest-selling book anchoring the path for Indian literature.

Failure of multiple agencies come to fore

Rituraj Borthakur

GUWAHATI, Dec 22 – Days after five elephants were mowed down by a train near Bamgaon Tea Estate at Balipara in Sonitpur district, fresh details on the incident point at failures of multiple line agencies, including the Forest, Railways and the administration.

The Railways had earlier claimed that the spot – ‘Km 135’ between Balipara and Dhalaibeel stations – is not a “known elephant corridor,” and that the nearest such notified corridor is at ‘Km 131’ and ‘Km 144’.


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