Category Archives: Assimilation

“Adivasis or indigenous people in India also feel the claustrophobic confines of their identity which has been imposed on them by others, be it the colonial administrator, the colonial anthropologist, the missionary or the neo-liberal, neo-imperialist forces that rule global economy today.” […] Quoting GN Devy’s seminal anthology of tribal literature, Painted Words:
“In contemporary practice, the tribal memory is greatly undermined. There is general insistence that tribal children attend schools where non-tribal children attend schools, that they use medicines manufactured for others and that they adopt common agricultural practices. All because the world has very little time to listen patiently to the tribals, with their immense knowledge and creativity.” – Dr. Ivy Hansdak in
“Is tribal identity relevant in today’s world?”
Inaugural Speech for the National Conference “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (New Delhi, 27 February 2017)
https://www.indiantribalheritage.org/?p=23032

“Nehru was fascinated by the spontaneity of tribal culture and their capacity of joy and heroism inspite of their appalling poverty, destitution, and ignorance. […] In Nehru’s view, the process of modernization must not be taken as forcing a sudden break with the tribals past but help them build upon it and grow by a natural process of evolution.” – Tribal Philosophy and Pandit Nehru by Dr. Chittaranjan Mishra in: Odisha Review (November 2017)
https://magazines.odisha.gov.in/Orissareview/2017/November/engpdf/100-110.pdf
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=16310

“The tribal world and the tribal way is complete in itself.” – Mahasweta Devi (quoted by Gopalkrishna Gandhi in “Swearing by Mahasweta”, The Hindu, 6 August 2016)
https://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/Swearing-by-Mahasweta/article14556890.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=24902

Video | “Nations don’t make us human – languages make us human”: Ganesh Devy – People’s Linguistic Survey of India

The census of India says the country is losing languages at an alarming rate. But the People’s Linguistic Survey of India seems to say there’s more to it than meets the eye. * Wherever the colonial power was played the … Continue reading

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Teaching Santal children by Boro Baski

Since the inceptions of our organization we have been working towards striking a balance between our traditional way of life and modernity. The transition to a modern life should be gradual and not stressful, and allow us to keep rooted … Continue reading

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Adivasis (Scheduled Tribes) are the largest tribal population in the world – World Directory of Minorities

Profile | To read the full article, click here >> Adivasis is the collective name used for the many indigenous peoples of India. The term Adivasi derives from the Hindi word ‘adi’ which means of earliest times or from the … Continue reading

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Children learn best in their mother tongue as a prelude to multilingual education: Building self-confidence and sustaining motivation in the classroom – Unesco

Many children speak a home language that differs from the language of instruction in education programs. Research confirms that children learn best in their mother tongue as a prelude to and complement of bilingual and multilingual education. Whether children successfully … Continue reading

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Dealing with challenges for Adivasis in states having widely different human development indicators: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha & West Bengal

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed how rooted structural imbalances are between rural and urban, male and female, rich and poor, even in the digital world. | Read the full report in Scroll.in >> […] While 66% of India’s population lives … Continue reading

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