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Several  promoting the welfare of India’s tribal communities have enlisted the services of  professionals: the Success stories associated with Accord, the Video Volunteers and many committed journalists working for India’s periodicals; information specialists starting a literacy project; the Association for India’s Development just as the volunteers who dedicate themselves to Health and Environmental education.

They all share their knowledge and skills for a common cause: seeing to it that the nation lives up to the promises embedded in its constitution. It goes without saying that there cannot be any lasting results without the active involvement of members of tribal communities themselves:

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Our fate in our hands: Addressing any single aspect of peoples’ lives is unlikely to improve their living standard as a whole. We therefore have taken a holistic approach, trying to address all relevant aspects of village life […] All our initiatives reflect the rhythm and the abilities of the villagers.” – Boro Baski (Santal teacher at Rolf Schoembs Vidyashram school at Ghosaldanga, West Bengal) on the concept of self-determined village development.

Up-to-date reports by Indian journalists and commentators

List of Indian magazines and web portals covered by the present Custom search engine

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Combine the name of any particular state, language or region with that of any tribal (Adivasi) community.

Add keywords of special interest (health, nutrition endangered language, illegal mining, sacred grove); learn about the rights of Scheduled Tribes such as the “Forest Rights Act” (FRA); and the United Nations “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, “women’s rights”, or “children’s right to education”.

Specify any other issue or news item you want to learn more about (biodiversity, bonded labour and human trafficking, climate change, ecology, economic development, ethnobotany, ethnomedicine, global warming, Himalayan tribe, hunter-gatherers in a particular region or state, prevention of rural poverty, water access).

For official figures include “scheduled tribe ST” along with a union state or region: e.g. “Chhattisgarh ST community”, “Scheduled tribe Tamil Nadu census”, “ST Kerala census”, “Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group Jharkhand”, “PVTG Rajasthan”, “Adivasi ST Kerala”, “Adibasi ST West Bengal” etc.

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The “media age” offers infinite opportunities to educators and Adivasi youths alike. A selection of existing documentaries and educational projects is showcased on the present website: Video contents & Video resources – external >>