Category Archives: Organizations

Call Shakti Vahini or the national helpline Childline to report human trafficking of tribal girls and women:
Shakti Vahini on +91-11-42244224, +91-9582909025 or the national helpline Childline on 1098.
Learn more: https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=21889

“Our aim is for all the adivasi institutions to be owned, governed and managed by the adivasis through their own representatives. The day-to-day administration of these institutions is already in the hands of trained adivasis. The leadership governing these institutions are adivasi village leaders and youth.” – Action for Community Organisation, Rehabilitation and Development (ACCORD)
https://www.accordweb.in
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=1992

“Rural communities certainly need education, but their life is interwoven with many social and cultural issues that must all be taken into account. UNESCO is right to argue that an integrated approach with a holistic view is appropriate.” – Santal educationist Boro Baski in “India’s rural primary schools still have room for improvement” (Development + Cooperation, 22 May 2016)
https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/indias-rural-primary-schools-still-have-room-improvement
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=20429

“In every country around the world, people are working for little or no pay, controlled by threats, debt, and violence. We call it by many names, but it amounts to the same thing: modern slavery. Slavery is illegal everywhere, but it continues to thrive because so many of us. […] By joining Freedom United, you become part of the solution.” – Freedom United
https://www.freedomunited.org/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=21951

“The significance of human rights, more so their realization, remind us of the necessity to place the human being at the centre of our overall development had stated that all human rights for all people in all countries should be the goal of the 21st century whereby everybody lives a life of dignity and enjoys freedom from fear and want, without discrimination. […] The Workshop took stock of the implementation of its recommendations made [in 2009] with the objective of strengthening the mechanism of protecting human rights defenders and valuing their work towards good governance [including a demand that] India must ratify the International Convention against Torture and bring in a domestic legislation against Torture on priority in accordance with the International Convention.” – National Human Right Commission, “Annual Report – 2014-2015” (National Workshop on Human Rights Defenders in New Delhi, 19 February 2015), pp. 8 & 229
https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/NHRC_AR_EN_2014-2015_27022019.pdf
www.nhrc.nic.in
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25720

“PARI [People’s Archive of Rural India] is not only archiving invaluable materials about rural India, but also developing a cadre of knowledgeable reporters who can report from rural India about its realities. This digital archive has already received some significant awards for its work, including the Praful Bidwai Memorial Award (June, 2016). PARI seeks to “continue its efforts to push the borders of digital multimedia and take journalism, arts, crafts, and literature out of the hands of corporations and hand it back to people.” It will strengthen its efforts to have subalterns speak for themselves; for instance, adivasi women shoot their own videos that are posted on the site. […] It has just launched “Cover Your Country”, and is determined to report stories from all of India’s 95 regions; the mainstream media today covers just seven or eight of these regions.” – Jael Silliman in “Voices from the countryside” (The Telegraph, 12 November 2016)
https://www.telegraphindia.com/1161112/jsp/opinion/story_118705.jsp#.WEK2-JIkLUN
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21398

“[P]eople, particularly indigenous or tribal groups that number in millions live inside or at the periphery of protected areas, and rely on biodiversity for sustaining their livelihoods [while] centralised management of biodiversity has created conflicts between people and managers of protected areas. These conflicts have endangered rather than enhanced conservation. […] Overall, India is blessed with unique and an enormous amount of biodiversity that sustains many of our economic endeavours, and provides aesthetic, cultural and spiritual values. This biodiversity is declining, and this decline is threatening our survival. […] Meeting this responsibility will entail a fundamental shift in the ways we describe, assess changes, and conserve biodiversity.” – Kamaljit S. Bawa (President of the Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) in “Survey of the Environment (2010 published by The Hindu”)
https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article547960.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5026

“Visva Bharati was established […] as part of a unique experiment to have classes not indoors but outside in nature. […] About religion, [Tagore] wrote, ‘Those who in the name of faith embrace illusion, kill and are killed.’” – Atanu Mitra in “Why the decision to cancel historic fairs at Tagore’s university sparked violence and vandalism” (Scroll.in 17 August 2020)
https://scroll.in/article/970959/why-the-decision-to-cancel-historic-fairs-at-tagores-university-sparked-violence-and-vandalism
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=35639

“Tribal and indigenous peoples’ education must be under their control; it must be rooted in the people’s own land, language and culture; and instil pride in themselves and their people. Help us put indigenous education back under indigenous control.” – Video post by Survival International on Factory Schools where being indigenous is seen as “wrong”
https://www.survivalinternational.org/factoryschools
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=34514

“Video Volunteers (VV) is working to create an alternative media landscape in which thousands of people around the world, living in slums and villages, are producing high quality video content that brings awareness to communities and empowers them to take action.
We create models of sustainable, locally owned media, and devise training programs that give communities the journalism, critical thinking and creative skills to run them.” – About VideoVolunteers
https://www.youtube.com/c/videovolunteers/about
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6129

“The General Assembly […] Recognizing the value and diversity of the cultures and the forms of social organization of the world’s indigenous people […] Mindful of the relevant recommendations of the World Conference on Human Rights, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and the International Conference on Population and Development, in particular chapter 26 of Agenda 21 2/ on recognizing and strengthening the role of indigenous people and their communities […] Determined to promote the enjoyment of the rights of indigenous people and the full development of their distinct cultures and communities […] Decides that the Decade will have an operational focus to implement its goals and that its theme will be “Indigenous people: partnership in action” –Resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations during its 94th plenary meeting on 23 December 1994
https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/49/214
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=20487

Santals and Santiniketan: Rabindranath’s concept of raising everyday life on to a higher level – West Bengal

It is well-known that Rabindranath Tagore harboured a special affection for the Santhals in the villages around Santiniketan. He saw in their life a special beauty. They combine the tilling of the earth as farmers with poetry, songs and dance. … Continue reading

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Video | Santal flute played by Gokul Hansda: Reviving traditional culture in Santal villages around Santiniketan – West Bengal

Gokula Hansda – Santal bamboo flute (Har tiriyo) Gokula Hansda is a Santal educator and co-founder of Kulhidhuri, an organization devoted to preserving and reviving traditional Santal culture. Its members collect and sing traditional Santal songs at festivals throughout West Bengal, Jharkhand … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Baha Parab, the Santal Flower Festival “celebrating Man’s Communion with Nature” – West Bengal

Baha Parab (Celebrating Man’s Communion with Nature)by Dr. Boro Baski, Bishnubati Baha Parab 28th Year of Adibasi Baha Parab (Santal Flower Festival), organized by Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust, successfully celebrated with various eventful programmes on 9thMarch 2017. BAHA means ‘flower’ in Santali … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Nagaland

“The Dept of Social Welfare, Government of Nagaland was established in the year 1968 with the sole purpose of implementing social welfare schemes. Presently the department is looking after five different ministries [including Ministry of Tribal Affairs].” – Learn more | Govt., NGOs … Continue reading

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Museums recommended by the Daricha Foundation: A window to the world for India’s tribal arts and their practitioners – West Bengal

AKSHAYAKUMARMAITREYAHERITAGE MUSEUM, North Bengal University AMULYA PRATNASHALA, Hooghly ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, Tamluk ASUTOSH MUSEUM OF INDIAN ART, University of Calcutta BAGNAN ANANDA NIKETAN KIRTISHALA, Howrah BANGIYA SAHITA PARISHAD CHITRASALA, Kolkata BISHNUPUR ACHARJYA JOGESH CHANDRA PURAKRITI BHAWAN (BANKURA DISTRICT MUSEUM) CENTRAL MUSEUM, … Continue reading

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