Category Archives: Childhood and children

“We have left the habit of collecting cow dung in the scorching heat, we no longer collect vegetables from the fields but we cannot forget our dances and music and attending our village fairs. We have forgotten the habit of putting a towel on our shoulder and embroider the end-pieces of our towels but we have not forgotten our childhood friendship.” – From a modern Santali song shared by the Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust (West Bengal)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25573

“Women have profound traditional and contemporary knowledge about the natural world around them and hence there’s a necessity to make policies mindful of the connection between environment and gender. [T]hat’s why it’s largely in the hands of women to sensitise our children towards the ecological heritage. Big changes always begin with small steps and the right place is always the home.” – Writer-activist Mari Marcel Thekaekara (The Hindu, 27 January 2017)
https://www.indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22373

“[N]ew pedagogic practices require to be evolved in order to execute various developmental programmes. In doing so, good practices that exist in the society may turn out to be very handy. In case of tribal societies, for example, there are two striking aspects with regard to caring for the child and nurturing the young. One is the prevalence of breast feeding and the other is the tradition of kin/community care of the children. It is the kin care that explains as to why it is rare to find destitution and begging among tribal population, including tribal children. Equally important in this respect is the emphasis on ethics of work, which the children internalise quite early in life. Things have however begun to change because of displacement due to development projects and lack of rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced population.” – From “The Status of Tribal Children in India: A historical perspective, 2011” (Opportunities, Working Paper No. 7, Institute for Human Development, United Nations Children’s Fund, India)
http://www.ihdindia.org/pdf/virginius_xaxa.pdf

Video | Song of Corona – West Bengal

This video song is the product of several co-incidents. The ongoing lockdown has prolonged my stay at Bandel. During this period, in a casual conversation with my friend, Sunder, he casually suggested me to write-down songs for stranded adivasis, so … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood and children, Economy and development, Music and dance, Networking, Organizations, Rural poverty | Tagged | Comments Off on Video | Song of Corona – West Bengal

“Kocharethi calls upon us to ethically engage with it, to question our complicity” – First novel by an adivasi in Kerala

To read the full book review by Pramod K. Nayar, click here >> Narayan, Kerala’s first tribal novelist, avoids romanticising his milieu. Kocharethi is about the hidden poetry of marginal lives… The temptation to exoticise cultures that have not been … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi, Anthropology, Childhood and children, Colonial policies, Customs, Health and nutrition, History, Literature - fiction, Media portrayal, Misconceptions, Modernity, Names and communities, Particularly vulnerable tribal group, Press snippets, Southern region, Storytelling, Tribal elders, Tribal identity, Western Ghats - tribal heritage & ecology, Women, Worship and rituals | Tagged | Comments Off on “Kocharethi calls upon us to ethically engage with it, to question our complicity” – First novel by an adivasi in Kerala

Video | Tribals use their mobile phones to raise awareness on local issues – Maharashtra & Chhattisgarh

This is our first film shoot and edited entirely on mobile phone, produced from Dhadgaon block of Nandurbar a tribal district of Maharashtra. We have started making short films on different social issues to create awareness. SBI Youth for India … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Central region, Childhood and children, Community facilities, Ecology and environment, Economy and development, Education and literacy, Government of India, Health and nutrition, Languages and linguistic heritage, Maps, Names and communities, Networking, Organizations, Press snippets, Rural poverty, Storytelling, Success story, Video resources - external, Women | Tagged | Comments Off on Video | Tribals use their mobile phones to raise awareness on local issues – Maharashtra & Chhattisgarh

Adivaani “the Adivasi voice”: A publishing house for India’s indigenous population

Find adivaani titles at LeftWord Books. Two out of print titles: We come from the Geese and Angor are back in stock as well.  Copies available directly from Adivaani.org or reputed Indian bookstores including https://mayday.leftword.com >> Adivaani, a publishing house is archiving, chronicling and publishing stories … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi, Childhood and children, Education and literacy, History, Languages and linguistic heritage, Literature and bibliographies, Media portrayal, Names and communities, Networking, Organizations, Quotes, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Storytelling, Tribal identity, Women, Worship and rituals | Tagged | Comments Off on Adivaani “the Adivasi voice”: A publishing house for India’s indigenous population

Proper coverage of “deprivation”: Ethical considerations for students of Indian journalism

Asian College of Journalism: Covering Deprivation During the second term, all students take a required course— the only one of its kind taught by a journalism school anywhere in the world — Covering Deprivation. “Deprivation” refers to the inability of … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Adverse inclusion, Childhood and children, Commentary, Democracy, Education and literacy, Figures, census and other statistics, Media portrayal, Misconceptions, Particularly vulnerable tribal group, Press snippets, Quotes, Rural poverty, Storytelling | Comments Off on Proper coverage of “deprivation”: Ethical considerations for students of Indian journalism