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Video | The story behind the song “Kiạ Baha’ by Boro Baski – West Bengal

My life was a bit different than a normal Santal boy of our village. After completing my masters I did my doctoral research on Social Work from Visva-Bharati University and founded a social organization with the youth of my village … Continue reading

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Constructive action is our only future – Prof. Ganesh Devy on the “adivasiness of the tribals” in Gujarat

WHEN Gujarat was burning between 27 February and 4 March [2002], the tribal belt on the eastern border of Gujarat was quiet. The only exception was the two districts of Panchmahals for which Godhra is the main town. Elsewhere in … Continue reading

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Tribal traditions, colonial history and the birth of a modern state – Jharkhand

Forests and woodlands occupy more than 29% of the state which is amongst the highest in India – www.jharkhand.gov.in The region enshrouded in the hills and forests inaccessible to a large segment of people. The tribes of this state are … Continue reading

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“In Bastar, I learned that my books were used to teach English to the tribal children”: Chetan Bhagat on his sense of belonging and literature as entertainment

[…] I know most writers want to be published in the US and UK after becoming famous in India, but for me, it’s very important that even the smallest part of my own country experiences my writings and feels like a … Continue reading

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“Woodsmoke and Leafcups”: A book that opens up the full joy of tribal life without romanticisation – Bastar

Woodsmoke and Leafcups; Madhu Ramnath, Harper Litmus, Rs.399. Felix Padel, The Hindu, March 12, 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> The full joy of tribal life opens up in these pages. As do the painful struggles under the exploitative … Continue reading

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