“We can bring the change”: Celebrating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 2013 at Jauramunda village – Odisha

Jauramunda village: Indigenous day celebration
“If all of us unite together beyond the limitations of religion,
political parties and caste system we can bring the change.”

Date: 9th August 2013
Text and photos courtesy 12-8-13 © Remish Ekka

Secretary cum Executive Director ANGNA

  1. Organizer:- Adivasi Bikas Mahasangh ( ABM)
  2. Chief speaker of the day;- Joachim Dungdung, Principal BISWAS College, Rajgangpur
  3. Chief Guest:- Mohanlal Kishan, President, Adivasi Bikas Mahasangh
  4. Guests of Honors:-
    1. Mansid Ekka, Ex MLA
    2. Rev. Fr. Emanuel Toppo, Parish Priest Kahupani
    3. Rev. Sr. Aloisia Lugun, Head Mistress Vidya Jyoti Girls’ High School Kahupani
    4. Shri. Dhanwar Sarpanch Khatkurbahal Gram Panchayat
    5. Manohar Pahule, Advisor ABM, Maharaja Gond tribe
    6. Bimbadhar Amat, V. President ABM
    7. Nuas Kulu, Local leader
    8. V. Tigga, Social Worker
  5. Public gathering of about 1500 students, youths and villagers
  6. Brief Report
    1. Chief Speaker Joachim Dungdung: He high lighted the purpose and need of declaration of Indigenous day by UN. He briefly narrated response of then Prim Minister of India Mr. P.V. Nara Singha Rao regarding the status of indigenous people in India. India’s response was that in India there are no indigenous people.  India till date does not recognize tribals as indigenous people. If india agrees that there are indigenous people in India, then India has obligation to give the right of indigenous people.  It is most unfortunate that tribals of India are said Scheduled tribe. They are put under category. Further the main speaker high lighted on the situation of tribals in this region. Specially impact of LPG. Number of industries and mines in Schedule area has increased. Pollution has affected health of both people, animals and plants.  He said that if today we have to live a dignified life then we have to fight for our rights.  Singly it is impossible. If all of us unite together beyond the limitations of religion, political parties and caste system we can bring the change.
    2. Other speakers Mr. Mansid Ekka, Mr. Mohanlal Kisan, Mr. Bimbadhar Amat, Mr. Mahohar Paule, Fr. Emanuel Toppo, Sr, Aloisia and Sarpanch Dhanwar highlighted problems of region why development is really not taking place. Over use of alcohol specially affecting youths who are getting lost. Industries, factories and mines in Sundergarh distrsict one of the main reason which is responsible for ruining the peaceful life of local indigenous people.
    3. Cultural Programmes:-  college students from Biswas College Rajgangpur, Studentss from Vidyajyoti Girls High school, Organization ANGNA presented entertaining cultural dance and songs


Remish Ekka
Secretary cum Executive Director ANGNA
At/P.O. Kutra-770018
Dt. Sundargarh
Orissa, India
ekka remish@rediffmail.com
web site- wwww.angnango.org

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