Tribal culture a living example of the Gandhian concept of trusteeship – Human Ecology by Lachman Khubchandani

Tribal heritage needs to be respected on its own terms. It will be disastrous to aim at absorbing tribal communities into the ‘mainstream’. Nehru had forewarned us against following such ‘interventionist’ policies, ‘There is no point to make them a second-rate copy of ourselves’ […]

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.

Source: Lachman Khubchandani in Indigenous Peoples: Responding to Human Ecology (pp. 14-15)

Indigenous Peoples: Responding to Human Ecology
Author : Lachman Khubchandani
Language : English
Publisher : Bhasha Centre and CIIL, 2009
Price : Rs 130/-
Pages : 130

Indigenous Peoples reflects on the current development crises in a framework of human ecology and discusses how Adivasis have responded. Indigenous Peoples explores the rubric of indigenous knowledge systems and discusses the issue of language endangerment in the context of politico-economic and technological patterns of modern societies. The book argues for re-assessment of development plans and strategies in the context of adivasi worldview.

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