Tip | Explore tribal culture in a larger context: A society in search of “a vision for itself that is morally defensible”

This website is being maintained with the motto “Showcasing new initiatives in education“. To catch up with “what’s going on in today’s India”, suffice a few pointers to discussions in today’s India.

Appreciating “tribal” or “Adivasi” traditions will shed new light on India’s cultural heritage in general. The challenge here is the fact that each tradition deserves to be studied in its own right.

In order to succeed, we need to look into current issues or “modernity” as well. The reward is a better understanding of India, a country that prides itself as being the “worlds largest democracy”.

I think a creative writer should have a social conscience. I have a duty towards society – Award-winning writer Mahasweta Devi in Postcolonial Studies (2012)

India needs a vision for itself that is morally defensible – Harish Khare, The Hindu (Opinion), 6-6-2013

Adivasis in the hills and the forests have lost their land and health and have been displaced by development projects – Ramachandra Guha in “What’s holding India back?”, Deccan Herald, 13-11-2012

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. – Kamaljit S. Bawa on the need of partnerships for sustaining life in “Our biodiversity, our life, our future“, The Hindu (Sci-Tech / Energy & Environment), 2-8-2010

The tribal culture at its best provides a living example of the Gandhian concept of trusteeship […] In cross-cultural settings, individual and group relations among tribals are valued on trust rather than on dominance. – Lachman Khubchandani (Indigenous Peoples: Responding to Human Ecology)

We part with the fond hope that the closing years of the twentieth century would see us keeping the promise made to our children by our Constitution about a half century ago. Let the child of the twenty-first century find himself into that ‘heaven of freedom’ of which our poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore has spoken in Gitanjali. – Supreme Court of India (1996)

There are grim realities of existence as tribals in this country, and the unfortunate aspect is that their unheard voices fail to make a din in the power corridors […] we must devise innovative systems of engagement, based not on power or hierarchical administration but equality. – Gopal Subramanium, a senior advocate, a former Solicitor General of India, and a former Chairman, Bar Council of India favouring a “more inclusive approach that respects human rights” in response to extremism; The Hindu (Opinion), 8-6-2013

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Romantic notions such as Adivasis’ “lives close to nature” may apply or be obsolete in the face of modernity, globalization, assimilation or (forced) migration. At the same time, we cannot make sense of their heritage without taken both, their history as well as the larger social context (“mainstream society”) into account.

Adivasis and non-Adivasis have long worked together with shared values while addressing misconceptions and discrimination. To familiarize yourself with their joint efforts, follow a brief Guided Tour of this website >>

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