India’s tribal cultural heritage – Uttar Pradesh

“National development and the development of tribal communities are linked to each other.” – Droupadi Murmu
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Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state of the country but has a small tribal population [namely] five major Scheduled Tribes and about 18 other tribal groups.

Source: “An analytical study of socio-economic conditions of tribal farmers in Bijnor district of U.P. State”, PhD thesis by Mohammad Awais, 2013
Date Visited: 14 September 2022

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