Video | Setu “bridge” on Adivasi poet and publisher Jeetendra Vasava belonging to the Narmada region – Gujarat

The clip is called Setu, meaning bridge and features Jeetendra Vasava, a young writer belonging to the Narmada region in south Gujarat. Jeetendra speaks Dehwali, a tribal language spoken in regions of south Gujarat and northern Maharashtra.

Jeetendra is a faculty member at the Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh. In the clip he speaks of oral traditions, the relationship of adivasi life with nature, the gaps between tribal literature, knowledge systems and the academia and ‘written’ literature and above all, his own journey as a writer.

Jeetendra has done his post graduation in Gujarati Literature and aspires to study for his doctorate in adivasi literature. He is a poet and writes in Gujarati and Dehwali. His writings include poetry, reflective articles on adivasi education and development.

He has founded two magazines: Lakhara (meaning writer of the pithora painting in the Bhili language), a literary magazine brought out annually carrying contemporary writings from adivasi communities in western India, all in the Devnagri script. The second magazine is Purvapara in Gujarat which is based on tribal education.

The clip concludes with a description of Bhasha’s publishing activities and role in Gujarat’s general education system.

Source: message by Sonal Baxi, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre (Vadodara, Gujarat), 8-12-2012 –

“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)

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