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There are many indices one can use to measure the shocking failures of education, even as it is conventionally understood, in India today. The stories of state-run schools that are in absolute shambles are legion, and have been documented by thousands of researchers, journalists, and social workers. More than seventy years after independence, the effective countrywide literacy rate is less than 50%; in some districts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh, female literacy rates still hover at 10%. The best public universities have been gutted; all that is left is a shambolic display of awards of “excellence”, a word as shorn of content as any. In one instance the award has been to an institute of higher education that does not even exist. Yet all this is far from what Gandhi had in mind when he pondered over the ruins of education and I wonder how he would have struggled to even comprehend the “hardheartedness” of the educated in India today. Let there be no mistake: what really ails Indian education is the fact that at its center is the “undeveloped heart.” – Vinay Lal, Professor of History & Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
https://vinaylal.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/the-undeveloped-heart-gandhi-on-education/

Globalisation in a historical perspective: “Histories of the Adivasis have largely been neglected”

Globalisation, Environmentally Non-sustainable Growth and the Plight of the Adivasis of India Historian Anjana Singh offers insights into Adivasi’s living conditions In this article the attempt will be made to analyse the long-term and current challenges of the adivasis. The … Continue reading

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“Tribal communities have a much deeper and a live sense of nature, living organisms, climate and material”: Veteran architect Narendra Dengle on architecture as an art – Maharashtra

Veteran architect Narendra Dengle [Pune] on the ongoing evolution of architecture by HARSH KABRA, The Hindu, July 29, 2007 Architecture is the only art, which demands wanderings through space for us to appreciate it. […] My work in rural and tribal areas … Continue reading

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Adivasi Adivimb: “Celebrating the rich cultural heritage of tribal art forms: Adivasi, Arunachala Pradesh, Assam Adivimb festival (December) organized by the National School of Drama” – Odisha, Arunachala Pradesh, Assam & Tripura

The objective of the scheme is to make special efforts to encourage folk and tribal arts and to frame special programmes for the preservation and strengthening of the vanishing art forms. Through this scheme, the root of the Indian culture … Continue reading

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In search of a development that preserves the best parts of Adivasi culture and collectivity: Imagining an alternative “Discovery Of India”

Call us adivasis, please Gail Omvedt, The Hindu [Folio], ADIVASI, Special issue with the Sunday Magazine, July 16, 2000 | Read the full issues and other articles here >> If Adivasis were to start writing their own Discovery Of India, … Continue reading

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Linguistic diversity and multilingualism – Interviews with Prof. Ganesh Devy

Devy has worked incessantly to establish the linguistic diversity and numeric strength of subaltern cultures in India. In a politically resonant statement during a public lecture last year in Bengaluru, he said the most beloved stories of mainstream Hinduism start … Continue reading

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