Category Archives: Government of India

A master of traditional Kurumba painting techniques: Krishnan of Velaricombai village (Nilgiris) – Tamil Nadu

Making do without blue in the Blue Mountains Olivia Waring,  April 4, 2017 | To view these and more photos in larger size and read the full article, click here >> Krishnan of Velaricombai village in the Nilgiris attempts to breathe … Continue reading

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In pursuit of “equality for all the citizens”: National Legal Services Authority asked to provide free legal consultations to Scheduled Tribes (ST) – Supreme Court

Legal Correspondent, The Hindu (National), December 22, 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> […] A Bench [of the Supreme Court], headed by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, asked the authorities to discharge their duties to … Continue reading

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A new anthropological museum in Kolkata: New light on hunter-gatherers and modern India’s cultural and linguistic diversity – West Bengal

Shiv Sahay Singh, The Hindu, Kolkata, February 20, 2017 | To read the full article, click here >> A new museum in Kolkata tells the tale of how modern humans in the Indian subcontinent evolved from ancestors who arrived about 12.3 million … Continue reading

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Sharing a theology with ecology as the most important ethical guide for humans: The Asurs, a “Particularly vulnerable tribal group” – Jharkhand

G.N. Devy, The Indian Express, 6 March 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> The term tribal defies any universal definition. Between the Maoris of New Zealand, the Aborigines of Australia and the Indigenous People of North America, there … Continue reading

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“Who are Scheduled Tribes?”: Clarifications by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes – Government of India

To read the full post by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST, Govt. of India), click here >> The framers of the Constitution took note of the fact that certain communities in the country were suffering from extreme social, educational and economic … Continue reading

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Video | IndiaUnheard on free wifi for Silphili: Transparency and other benefits for rural people inhabiting a “digital village” – Chhattisgarh

“We got support from young people […] are able to reach out to people and keep transparency through the gram panchayat website” – Sanjaysingh Nethi, Village Council Head, Silphili, Chattisgarh in an interview on YouTube from 1:52 >> Published on Jan 4, 2017 … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. | Learn more >> States and Capitals Uttarakhand (Dehradun) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Uttar Pradesh … Continue reading

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Striving for a “just, free and equitable society” by combating human trafficking, slavery and child labour: Shakti Vahini – Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa & West Bengal

Shakti Vahini visions, aspires and strives for Just, Free and Equitable society. We consider it a duty of every citizen to have social concerns and strive for the progress and development of society. In our efforts and struggle to achieve … Continue reading

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Santali and related tribal languages of the Chotanagpur region: Mundari, Ho and Birjiya – Jharkhand

Birjiya [Birjia] is the language spoken by Asur tribe/ethnic group, just as Kurukh is spoken by Oraon group, Santali by Santal group, Mundari by Munda group, Ho by Ho group and Kharia by Kharia group.  These are broadly identified by … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day 2017: Tribal artiste Sukri Bommagowda honoured – Karnataka

KSRTC honours tribal artiste Sukri Bommagowda By Express News Service | Published: 09th March 2017 BENGALURU: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, KSRTC honoured Padma Shri awardee and tribal leader Sukri Bommagowda (Sukrajji) here on Wednesday. It handed over … Continue reading

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Published with the aim of enabling members of tribal communities to “face the modern world as sturdy, self- reliant citizens”: Tribal Hyderabad – Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

“We have no time to lose in putting our aboriginals on their feet and enabling them to face the modern world as sturdy, self- reliant citizens.” – Foreword by W.V. Grigson Published 1945/00/00 Topics NATURAL SCIENCES, Biological sciences in general, … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Tamil Nadu, Telangana & Tripura

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. | Learn more >> States and Capitals Tamil Nadu (Chennai) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Telangana (Hyderabad) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Tripura (Agartala) … Continue reading

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Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum Hyderabad: “Celebrating the aboriginals who lived on this very hill” – Andhra Pradesh

October 22, 2012 | To read the full description with pictures, click here >> Located right in the heart of city near Banjara hills, celebrating the aboriginals who lived on this very hill is the Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum Hyderabad. Nehru Centenary … Continue reading

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International seminar on indigenous health care systems: The Asiatic Society, Kolkata – West Bengal

TWO DAY INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON “TRIBAL/ INDIGENOUS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: TRIBUTE TO P.O. BODDING” 23rd & 24th February, 2017 Venue: VIDYASAGAR HALL OF THE ASIATIC SOCIETY A two day international seminar on “Tribal/ Indigenous Health care system: Tribute to P.O. Bodding” … Continue reading

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Information Relating to Tribals: The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) – Government of India

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) was established by amending Article 338 and inserting a new Article 338A in the Constitution through the Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003. | Learn more >> Source: Introduction | National Commission for Scheduled … Continue reading

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The Southern Regional Centre of IGRMS: “A hub for community” at Mysore (Maisuru) – Karnataka

Southern Regional Centre Mysore The Southern Regional Centre of IGRMS, at Maisuru (Mysore), is the outcome of initiatives of the central government and keen interest of the State Government of Karnataka. The State government has allotted, in the year 2000, … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Rajasthan & Sikkim

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. | Learn more >> States and Capitals Rajasthan (Jaipur) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Sikkim (Gangtok) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org … Continue reading

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Project “Dhwani” introduced at the state-run Tribal Museum – Maharashtra

Garima Rakesh Mishra, Indian Express,  Pune  Updated: March 9, 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> As one enter the Queen’s Garden near Circuit House, he finds a building that immediately catches attention-the state-run Tribal Museum. On entering … Continue reading

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Bhil communities’ success story: Reviving the custom known as “halma” to conserve water – Madhya Pradesh

Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times, Indore, 13-3-16 Halma has united tribes people to conserve environment and water Until now, tribes people have planted more than 11,000 trees in 110 villages, repaired more than 250 hand pumps and dug more than three dozen big … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab & Puducherry

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. | Learn more >> States and Capitals Nagaland (Kohima) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Odisha (Bhubaneshwar) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org … Continue reading

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Environment minister’s call for a change in the colonial outlook: “Forests, tribal forest dwellers and life forms living in forests complement one another and are not rivals”

Forests, tribals and wildlife are not rivals, says environment minister Anil Madhav Dave inaugurates two-day conference of senior-level forest officers from states [Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun] Rajeshwari Ganesan , Down To Earth,  Friday 21 October 2016  | To read the … Continue reading

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On the need for decolonising the colonial construction of Adivasi society: An extensive literature on communities viewed as “distinct societies”

Journal » Vol. 43, Issue No. 39, 27 Sep, 2008 » The Mapping of the Adivasi Social: Colonial Anthropology and Adivasis | Special Articles | Bhangya Bhukya The construction of textual knowledge about Indian communities in the colonial milieu resulted in an extensive literature on … Continue reading

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India’s first Chief Minister from a tribe with many members living in China: The Kaman Mishmi community – Arunachal Pradesh

Rahul Karmakar, Hindustan Times, Guwahati  21 February 2016 Kalikho Pul, the eighth chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, has a few firsts. He is the first Congress CM in India to be installed with support from arch rivals BJP, and the first … Continue reading

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Tribal Research and Development Institute (Bhopal): A ‘nodal’ centre in support of tribal culture – Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan & Chhattisgarh

Activities The Institute has carried out extensive ethnographic studies on the tribes of Madhya Pradesh and maintains a rich database in its documentation centre. Evaluation and impact assessment studies of schemes of the government related to development and empowerment of … Continue reading

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Seeking to realize the long cherished dream of higher education among the “custodians of Indian culture”: Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (Amarkatnak) – Madhya Pradesh

The University | To read the full post, click here >> The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak has been established by an Act of the Parliament of India. It came into existence by the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Act, … Continue reading

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