Category Archives: Social conventions

“The Indian constitution had to empower the state to enter into the realm of Indian society and transform it by eradicating deeply embedded economic, political and social hierarchies.” – Centre for Law and Policy Research (a Bengaluru-based think-tank), quoted by Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk in The Better India, 22 January 2019
https://www.thebetterindia.com/170247/india-constitution-inspiration-acts-rights-ambedkar-republic-day/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=34135

“Casteism is the investment in keeping the hierarchy as it is in order to maintain your own ranking, advantage, privilege, or to elevate yourself above others or keep others beneath you …. For this reason, many people—including those we might see as good and kind people—could be casteist, meaning invested in keeping the hierarchy as it is or content to do nothing to change it, but not racist in the classical sense, not active and openly hateful of this or that group.” – Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents reviewed by Dilip Mandal in The Print, 23 August 2020)
https://theprint.in/opinion/oprah-winfrey-wilkerson-caste-100-us-ceos-indians-wont-talk-about-it/487143/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=24460

“At a time when hate is being manufactured, it’s important to tell these stories of love and how widespread it is and that it’s not just a flash in the pan. […] According to the India Human Development Survey, only about 5% of marriages are inter-caste. Interfaith unions are even rarer – one study put them at just over 2.2%. And those choosing to marry outside of these boundaries often face violence [as] interfaith marriages – especially those involving Hindu women and Muslim men – are being ascribed a much more sinister motive.” – Geeta Pandey in “India Love Project: The Instagram account telling tales of ‘forbidden’ love” (BBC News, 10 November 2020)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-54869565
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22373

“Yet despite the common belief that education will improve attitudes to female children, the data shows that India’s least educated social groups are those with better sex ratios. [M]ost tribal communities either do not know of pre-natal sex determination, or do not have access to it.” – S. Rukmini in “Higher sex ratio among tribal, SC groups: [2011] census” (The Hindu, 31 October 2013)
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/higher-sex-ratio-among-tribal-sc-groups-census/article5300478.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22068

“With modernity and development creeping in and growing contact with the outside world, things are changing in rural and tribal India. Traditions and folklore are being modified and girls in villages are no longer interested in getting a tattoo. Nowhere is that more evident than among the girls of the Baiga tribe in central India.” – Keya Pandey, a social anthropologist at Lucknow University in “‘Don’t brand me’: The Indian women saying no to forced tattoos” (BBC News Delhi, 4 October 2017)
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41466751
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25251

“In recent years, the results of any new research on early India have invited keen political interest, because proponents of Hindu nationalism support the notion of Vedic culture––including the Sanskrit language, a pastoral economy dependent on cattle, and the origins of a caste hierarchy––as fundamental to the origins of Indian civilisation.” – Sowmiya Ashok in “The Dig” (Fiftytwo.in, 2 April 2021)
https://fiftytwo.in/story/the-dig/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=18808

“There are myths indicating that Asuras were made slaves by Aryans. These slave races are still struggling for annihilation of caste system. They live in abject poverty. Their latest names are ‘Scheduled Castes’, ‘Scheduled Tribes, and ‘Other Backward Castes’. They are yet to know about ‘human rights’. The fact is that aboriginals were enslaved and subjected to inhuman treatment through centuries. Most of them still live in villages and they are coerced to live in wretched and inhuman conditions.” – Posted by Bhushan (MEGHnet, 1 January 2011)
https://meghnet.blogspot.com/2011/01/kolikori-of-india-we-call-them.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=2918

“As occupations developed and occupational skills came to be handed down in hereditary fashion, the classes showed a tendency to harden into groups, and this, in course of time, became one of the factors in the formation of the ‘caste’ system. True it is that one hymn in the last book of the Rg Veda refers to the creation of the four orders of society from the body of the Cosmic Man, but by many scholars this hymn is considered apocryphal. [It] tells us that the Brahmana came from the mouth of the Cosmic Man, the Ksatriya was created from his arms, the Vaisya from his thighs, and the Sudra from his feet.” – B.G. Gokhale in Ancient India (Bombay, 1959 ed.), p. 118
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/602186629
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=2918

Video | The representation of tribal women in Indian cinema: A comparison between Assamese cinema and Satyajit Ray’s classic “Days And Nights In The Forest” – Assam & West Bengal

Find detailed information on “Days And Nights In The Forest” on imdb.com | Actress Simi Garewal Photo 1 | Photo 2 >> The immediate impression of Indian movies is that all are depicting an established formula, where the good woman … Continue reading

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Tip | Find new and old publications on Indian tribal culture on worldcat.org

Several indigenous authors—Easterine Kire, Jacinta Kerketta, Dolly Kikon, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Temsüla Ao, Joy Pachuau, Senganglu Thaimei, Gladson Dungdung, Veio Pou, Kham Khan Suan Hausing, Ngamjahao Kipgen, Hoineilhing Sitlhou and many more—are writing stories foregrounding their perspectives, concepts, and theories … Continue reading

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Tagore’s Santiniketan, “an Abode of Learning Unlike Any in the World” – West Bengal

Sanchari Pal, The Better India, August 31, 2016 | To read the full story and view more photos in high resolution, click here >> Located about 158 km northwest of Kolkata in Bengal’s rural hinterland, Santiniketan embodies Rabindranath Tagore’s vision of … Continue reading

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The Koli (Kori, Kol), aboriginal communities found “from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari”: Representations from ancient epics to freedom struggle and modern India

Bhushan on MEGHnet 1 January 2011 | Read the full article here >> […] It is interesting to note that Koris trace their history to the past where all present day downtrodden reach. This again bursts the myth that there … Continue reading

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Video trailer | “Belle” on the (ongoing) campaign to end slavery throughout the world: A well-told story with accountability as the key to overcoming discrimination – United Kingdom

Belle Trailer 2013 – Official 2014 movie trailer […] The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy finds her unique social standing become instrumental in the campaign to end slavery in England after meeting an idealistic young vicar’s … Continue reading

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