In Padutola village, Chhattisgarh, the Gund tribals still carry out the age-old customs and practices that make their culture unique. […]
Scheduled Tribes of India comprise of 15% of the total population, varying anywhere between 0.04% (Goa) to 94% (Mizoram) of the state population. The Constitution of India recognizes 645 distinct tribes under the Scheduled Tribe category. This allows the members of these tribes access to various protective arrangements, benefits and resources that may help to bridge the gap between the disadvantaged and advantaged.
However, guaranteeing the preservation of tribal culture is more difficult than it sounds. With modernization well under way, developmental projects and commercial forestry have displaced over 10 million tribal people. Resulting in a loss of traditional livelihood, many disperse to cities where they hope to carve a future, at the same time losing out on their community life and heritage.
The members of the Gund community in Padutola have managed not only to keep their unique culture alive, but they celebrate it with a vigour that promises to keep it blooming. As Bhan Sahu mentions, “… the Gund tribals are an inspiration to the entire tribal community.”
– Rajyashri Goody
Source: Adivasi Traditions Re-Emerge | IndiaUnheard
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