Category Archives: Women

“She spoke about the ordeals of adolescent girls in rural India and the solutions needed”: Workshops for marginalized girls – Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

Shreya Pareek, thebetterindia.com, January 22, 2015 | To read the full article and view more photos, click here >> A 15 days long camp has enabled shy and timid girls to come out in the open, be confident and look … Continue reading

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Banjara and Lambada tribes follow their old practices religiously – Andhra Pradesh & Telangana

The Hindu, August 23, 2013 |  To read the full article, click here >> […] “If the sprouts are thick and high, it is considered very lucky and their prayers answered. It is a belief among girls,” he pointed out. The … Continue reading

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Slideshow | A long journey: Growing vegetables and carrying it to the weekly market – Andhra Pradesh

VISAKHAPATNAM, Mar 23, 2015 Tribals toil hard in the vast expanse of fertile lands to grow vegetables and come in groups to weekly market on road-side at Araku in Visakhapatnam District. Men and women walk miles to carry their produce. … Continue reading

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Training and employment opportunities for India’s tribal youth: A round-up of recent initiatives and press reports – Kerala, Rajasthan & Telangana

Relinking tribal youth with their culture The Hindu, KOZHIKODE, December 16, 2015 | To read the full article, click here >> At a time when most art forms of the Scheduled Tribes in the country have faded into oblivion, the Kerala Institute … Continue reading

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Demographic Status of Scheduled Tribe Population of India (Census figures 2011): Government of India

Demographic Status of Scheduled Tribe Population of India | To download the full report (PDF) and view more maps, click here >> Table 1.1 State wise Scheduled Tribe population and decadal change by residence : 2011 (TOTAL) – see PDF for details … Continue reading

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Looking at the relationship between Native people and the land: Cherokee painter Kay WalkingStick reminds her viewers of a deeper story – United States of America

By Kathleen Ash-Milby And Bradley Pecore, American Indian, Fall 2015 VOL. 16 NO. 3 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >> Kay WalkingStick has always been enthralled with the beauty of the landscape. […] “My paintings aren’t … Continue reading

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A call to end the enslavement of India’s rural peasantry: Tagore’s rebellion against the zamindari system continues to be relevant – Global Slavery Index

For updates on modern India’s ranking among 167 countries investigated and the response by the Indian government, please view the Global Slavery Index here:  www.globalslaveryindex.org/findings >> A tainted tradition [i.e. “patronage” by zamindars] by RAKSHA KUMAR, The Hindu, March 24, 2013 RAKSHA KUMAR visits Natpurwa, a … Continue reading

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The Forest comes to the city: “Vatavaran”, India’s largest festival on environment and wildlife issues – New Delhi

Report by filmmaker Kavita Bahl It was a unique initiative in many ways. Never before had CMS Vatavaran film festival, the largest festival on environment and wildlife issues in the country, hosted anything like this. The film festival into its … Continue reading

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Photo exhibition in London: “The Painted Forest Villages of Hazaribagh” – Jharkhand

The Painted Forest Villages of Hazaribagh Date:14 October 2015 Time: 10:30 AM Finishes:12 December 2015 Time: 5:00 PM Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: The GalleriesType of Event: Exhibition Showcasing work by Photographer Deidi Von Schaewen, this exhibition explores the traditional painted houses of the … Continue reading

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Interacting with the tribals in 39 villages of Gadchiroli district for mutual benefit: Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health – Maharashtra

TOI Social Impact Awards 2015: ‘Search’ light shines on tribal lives Sunil Warrier, Times of India, Mar 9, 2015 | To read the full article, click here >> In 1986, when Dr Abhay and Dr Rani Bang decided to adopt Gadchiroli … Continue reading

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From celebrating “creative communing” to “One World university”: Kanavu, an alternative school for tribal children in Wayand – Kerala

Guda is the celebration of creative communing, in theme as well as in the process. Persons from Paniya, Kattu Nayka and other tribal communities of Wayanad in the Indian state of Kerala got together at the commune «Kanavu» and took … Continue reading

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Video trailer | “Belle” on the (ongoing) campaign to end slavery throughout the world: A well-told story with accountability as the key to overcoming discrimination – United Kingdom

Belle Trailer 2013 – Official 2014 movie trailer […] The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy finds her unique social standing become instrumental in the campaign to end slavery in England after meeting an idealistic young vicar’s … Continue reading

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Researching India’s aboriginal culture from a historical and global perspective: IIAS Leiden – The Netherlands

Sofya A. Maretina (PhD) presented the paper entitled `Andaman Islands: society and nature’. She is well known as an expert on the minority peoples of India and the author of the series of monographs on the Naga and other tribes … Continue reading

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The Sohrai harvest festival of the Santals: Photos and customs explained by the Daricha Foundation – West Bengal and Jharkhand

The harvest festival of Sohrai is the biggest and most important festival of the Santals. During this festival, Santals pay homage to their gods and their ancestors as a thanksgiving for their crops, their cattle, their ploughs and everything that … Continue reading

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Self-help groups that improve the skills of tribal women and increase their income: Benefitting from the abundance of jackfruit – Odisha

Author(s) M Suchitra , July 05,2015, downtoearth.org.in Source : Down To Earth Current Issue Support – Down To Earth A machine empowers Odisha’s tribal women JhunuMALIK, a resident of Kanteikoli tribal village in Mohanataluk of Odisha’s Gajapati district, takes just two … Continue reading

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Tip | Learn more about India’s 29 States and 7 Union Territories – From Andhra Pradesh to West Bengal

To learn more about India’s 29 States and 7 Union Territories, click here >> To directly access up-to-date information provided by the Government of India, click here >> States and Union Territories India, a union of states, is a Sovereign, … Continue reading

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Video | People of the hills celebrate their annual Wangala festival in Asanang: “We Garos are tuned into world music and culture” – Meghalaya

PHEROZE L. VINCENT, The Hindu, November 24, 2012 | To read the full article and view more photos, click here >> The Garo tribe of Western Meghalaya celebrates the winter harvest with a three-day festival. […] Alva Sangma, the editor of … Continue reading

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Jamini Roy, “the unlettered outlaw” of the art world who decided to “settle for the local, the primitive, and the indigenous” – West Bengal

Akshaya Mukul, The Times of India,  July 13, 2013 | To read the full article, click here >> The 125th birth centenary of Jamini Roy, ‘the unlettered outlaw’ of the art world, is being celebrated at the NGMA. In 1931, … Continue reading

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Video | Living with the cycles of nature and understanding that it is bountiful: National award winning documentary “I Cannot Give You My Forest” – Odisha

I cannot give you my forest is a documentary directed and produced by filmmakers- Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl. It has received the National Film Award for Best Environment Film in 2014. Filmed in the forests of Odisha, ‘I cannot … Continue reading

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Tip | Download comic books as PDFs: Free resources for rural education and health care – Unicef

The Meena Communication Initiative UNICEF developed the Meena Communication Initiative (MCI) as a mass communication project aimed at changing perceptions and behaviour that hamper the survival, protection and development of girls in South Asia. Source: UNICEF ROSA – Media centre … Continue reading

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The Dasai Parab festival celebrated by the Santals in October: A large mural created by village artists to express their cultural identity – West Bengal

Dasai The Dasai Parab, celebrated in October, goes back to a period in history when the Santals had to defend themselves and hide their identity behind masks. During the festival not much of this martial spirit is left. The men … Continue reading

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Exercising one’s forest rights by employing GPS technology: New insights gained by tribal communities of the Nilgiris during an exposure trip to Odisha

Report and photos courtesy Shruti Agarwal © 2015 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >> Orissa has many success stories where formal recognition of rights, both individual and community, have been done to a great … Continue reading

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Video | “The Vibrant Bhils”: Tradition and change in one of India’s most ancient tribal communities – Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan & Maharashtra

A film directed by Raj Bendre and sponsored by the Madhya Pradesh State Planning Commission | Published on Feb 14, 2014 The Bhils mainly inhabit the western region of Madhya Pradesh besides the adjoining states Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. They are perhaps the … Continue reading

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Tribal participation in efforts to overcome diseases and malnutrition: Tribal activist and medical doctor Dr. Kamalakshi – Kerala

K.A. Shaji, The Hindu, Palakkad, July 1, 2014 A doctor couple have dedicated their life to the tribal people of Attappady. Till two decades ago, the majority of tribal people in Attappady were reluctant to approach doctors even in cases … Continue reading

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Early childhood care and education to tribal students in 10 tribal languages: A role model for other states – Odisha

Times of India, Oct 5, 2013 BHUBANESWAR: More than 16 states are keen to follow the Odisha model of imparting early childhood care and education to tribal students in their mother tongue. Delegates of these states revealed this at a two-day … Continue reading

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