For centuries, the Iban tribals of Malaysia have cultivated crops by clearing trees, but without endangering the rainforests. At the centre of their practices are traditional rights that each generation inherits.
West Bengal is making what could be another step towards village self rule, where villagers, including women, will decide what is best for them, but hunger for power and male hegemony may set things back.
The potato, native to South America, invaded England in 1588, the year Elizabeth I's devil may care sea dogs vanquished the Spanish Armada. It has since spread throughout the world, leaving its most edible mark on various cuisines.
ZAFRULLAH Chowdhury draws inspiration as much from Hippocrates as from Mao Zedong. To the first, he owes his medical ideals and to the second, his taking up a rifle to fight in Bangladesh's war of liberation in 1971.