Indian forests, rivers and mountains owe their survival to Adivasis: “the most civilised people” – Mahasweta Devi

West Ghats near Kanyakumari in the Tamil Nadu – Kerala border region
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Renowned writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi termed Adivasis as “the most civilised people” to whom Indian forests, rivers and mountains owe their survival.

She praised their egalitarian social structure where nobody is greater than anybody, and where social evils such as dowry do not exist.

Addressing students at the University of Hyderabad here on Monday, she attributed whatever natural balance left to survive in India to the presence of Adivasis. […]

She also reminisced her days in Shantinikethan, and how she embarked on her first work ‘Jhansir Rani’. […]

The interactive session was organised by the Centre for Dalit and Adivasi Studies and Translation, University of Hyderabad.

Source: “Adivasis most civilised people”, The Hindu, 2 October 2012
Address : https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/‘Adivasis-most-civilised-people’/article12542421.ece
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“The tribal world and the tribal way is complete in itself.” – Mahasweta Devi

Quoted by Gopalkrishna Gandhi in “Swearing by Mahasweta” (The Hindu, 6 August 2016)

Her notable works include Hajar Chaurashir Maa, Breast Stories, and Tin Korir Sadh, among many others. Several of her works have been adapted in films over the years. The leading Bengali fiction writer was known for her contribution towards the welfare of tribal people.

Source: “Eminent writer Mahasweta Devi dies at 90 in Kolkata” (Scroll.in, 28 July 2016)
URL: https://scroll.in/latest/811738/eminent-writer-mahasweta-devi-dies-at-90-in-kolkata
Date visited: 11 April 2021

In his play Muktadhara (The Waterfall), Tagore robustly employs this element of freedom. The play relates the story of an exploited people and their eventual release from it. [Today, when] tribal populations across India are being uprooted with impudence Tagore’s message of freedom, in all its shades, is of utmost relevance.

Bhaswati Ghosh in Freedom in Tagore’s Plays | Learn more >>

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The Johar Journal
The Johar Journal (द जोहार जर्नल ) is an online open-access, peer-reviewed, biannual journal on Adivasi, tribal and indigenous issues with particular focus on tribal literatures in translation.
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India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. It has achieved all-round socio-economic progress since Independence. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.

Source: States and Union Territories – About India
URL: https://knowindia.india.gov.in/states-uts/
Date visited: 4 September 2021

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