Seminar on traditional self-governance – Jharkhand

The Telegraph, Calcutta, Thursday , June 21 , 2012

Ranchi, June 20: Tribal heads from across the state congregated on the premises of Raj Bhavan on Wednesday to take part in a first-of-its-kind daylong seminar on traditional self-governance that was organised at the behest of the governor. […]

More than 400 Mankis, Mundas, Parha Rajas, Sohors, Dhoklos, Manjhis and Parganaits — the tribal heads as they are called in traditional system at village councils, clusters and community levels — were present. They thanked Governor Syed Ahmed for convening the meet and presented him shawls, headgears, bow and arrows and even a mandar besides flowers. […]

The governor, during his address, said that freedom was not complete unless all sections of the society enjoyed its benefits. […]

Jharkhand was the last state to hold the mandatory panchayat elections despite enactment of Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, as tribal communities were opposed to it. They were happy with the self-governance system in vogue since ages and felt that the new system would clash with it. In fact, many speakers like Antu Hemrom, Pero Oraon, Ram Chandra Murmu and Jadu Gopal Singh Munda, who represented various tribal communities, spoke about how the British had accepted their traditional self-rule system and granted them “records of rights”.

The present panchayat system has clashed with their rights and it should be resolved, they complained. They also lamented that their children could not pursue education in their respective mother tongues. […]

Source: Tribal heads prefer self-rule
Address : http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120621/jsp/jharkhand/story_15637575.jsp#.UHxV6bRrhLJ
Date Visited: Mon Oct 15 2012 20:30:07 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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