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A “Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group” determined to overcome slavery and coercion: The Sahariya, a community of former hunter gatherers – Rajasthan

Anumeha Yadav, The Hindu, BAran (Rajasthan), February 25, 2013 | To read the full article, click here >> Sahariya adivasis in Baran in south Rajasthan have waged a quiet war against generations of slavery to local landlords. Pushed off agricultural land … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Sahariya community of Bundelkhand: One of India’s 75 “Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups” earlier known as primitive tribal groups – Bihar

The Hindustan Times, Jun 09, 2014, (HT photo/Subrata Biswas) | To view more images in better quality and learn more about the Sahariya community, click here >> The Sahariyas, one of the 75 scheduled tribes in the country classified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal … Continue reading

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Promoting social enterprises based on value addition of local, natural resources, especially bamboo, the “green gold”: A Wayanad-based NGO Uravu – Kerala

URAVU is a non-government organization working with people, governments and businesses to implement programs for sustainable employment and income generation in rural areas. Uravu is a non-profit trust, established in 1996, registered under the Indian Trusts Act. Uravu promotes social enterprises … Continue reading

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Designing their own bags: New livelihood options for tribal women – Jharkhand

ARTI S. SAHULIYAR, The Telegraph, Calcutta, Friday , August 10 , 2012 A beam of pride crossed Malanti Devi’s face as she spread a Rs 50 currency note on her weather-beaten palm. She had earned it — not by slogging … Continue reading

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Story-telling as sacred ritual: The Creation Myth of the Santals as accepted by contemporary Santal society – Jharkhand & West Bengal

The Creation Myth of the Santals by Ivy Hansdak Folklore Foundation Lokaratna Volume VIII 2015 pp. 14-18 1. | To read the full article and other contributions, click here >> “This paper will apply some theoretical approaches of Myth Studies … Continue reading

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

S. Ravi, The Hindu, April 24, 2015 | To view more images and read the full story, click here >> National Award-winning documentary “I Cannot Give You My Forest” brings to fore the raging debate on development and its cost to the … Continue reading

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Tip | Understanding the role played by government agencies, courts and NGOs in protecting the rights of India’s tribal communities

Learn more about the role played by government agencies and the scope for successful public interest litigation initiated by NGOs as reported by the Indian Express below: Type “constitution tribe“, “tribe government Maharashtra [or any other state]”, “adivasi protection”, “tribal development department”, “constitution tribal”, … Continue reading

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Slideshow | “Visible Work, Invisible Women” by photographer P. Sainath

‘Visible Work, Invisible Women’, is a fully curated, online still-photo exhibition. This video tour takes viewers around the entire physical exhibition, with original photographs and texts reproduced below as an article. All the photographs were shot by P. Sainath across … Continue reading

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Appreciation for conserving the traditional traits of seeds by tribal farmers: “Old Seed Festival 2014″: Sanjeevini Rural Development Society – Andhra Pradesh

The Hindu, VISAKHAPATNAM, April 28, 2014 Malivalasa village on Andhra-Odisha border stood first in conserving 203 varieties of old seed followed by Demuduvalasa with 197 varieties. The farmers were given agricultural implements worth Rs.70,000 on Sunday at the 10th Old Seed … Continue reading

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The relevance of Gandhi’s legacy for solving modern India’s socio-economic problems: Addressing the needs of peasants, labourers, students and tribals

Sulogna Mehta, The Times of India | Jul 15, 2013 As the head of the department of social works and the Gandhian Studies Centre in Andhra University, 55-year-old Prof ABSV Ranga Rao is actively involved in several social projects. The die-hard … Continue reading

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Unique craftsmanship maintained by the women of Idukki district: Coping with the changing socio-economic conditions of the Mannan community – Kerala

Giji K. Raman, The Hindu, September 28, 2010 Making bamboo products is one of most creative work undertaken by the Mannan tribe of Kozhimala in Idukki district. But today this exclusive work of craftsmanship is on the verge of extinction, … Continue reading

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Tip | Two novels on West Ghat tribal cultural heritage: Changing perceptions of land and its ownership – Tamil Nadu & Kerala

Useful and enjoyable reading for anyone planning to visit the West Ghats (or having been there before): two novels that capture local history in English translation; each chronicling the lives of people attached to their land and customs while facing the pressures imposed by India’s … Continue reading

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The Food Book of four communities in the Nilgiri mountains: Gudalur Valley – Tamil Nadu

Order details and slideshow: browse the Food Book here >> Related posts To learn more about the Paniya, Kattunayakan, Mullukurumba and Bettakurumba communities in the Gudalur valley, click here >> ACCORD Bee festival and media workshop hosted by Accord – Gudalur (Tamil Nadu) Childhood and children Chembakolli blog by school … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Kokum Harvest in the Honnavar region – Karnataka

Photos and invitation courtesy Dr. Savita Uday BuDa Folklore © 2015 […] Kokum is a native fruit to the western coastal regions of southern India. In Kannada it’s called Murugalu. You rarely find it grown or used in cuisine beyond this … Continue reading

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“Take up the Green cause”: Kalakshetra has demonstrated the scope for creating an artificial forest with a wide variety of flora and fauna – Tamil Nadu

A Tamil couplet from Kannappar Kuravanji of Thozuvoor Markanda Naavalar I meditate on the divine forces of the wilderness, to whom the forest rituals are offered. O Mannaru Saami, O Mother Maari, Chamundi, Irulan, Sangile Karuppan – Your though delights me. Quoted … Continue reading

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Tip | Music traditions of Eastern India: Audio and video gallery by Daricha Foundation – West Bengal

SHOWLI CHAKRABORTY, The Telegraph, Sunday , May 11 , 2014 […] Conceived by Ratnaboli Bose, Project Daricha traces the roots of performing arts like Jhumur and Raibneshe, crafts like kantha and lac dolls, art forms like alpona and patachitra and more. Bose … Continue reading

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Living in harmony with nature: Reflections on Warli and Madhubani traditions by artist Sandhya Arvind – Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar

HARSHINI VAKKALANKA, The Hindu, November 4, 2013 | Read the full article here >> It is as though a piece of their world has been brought onto the walls, mounted onto wooden boards to be taken away to the homes of people … Continue reading

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Absence of a dowry-system, divorce by mutual consent, and widow-re-marriage: On the high status of women in Badaga communities (Nilgiris) – Tamil Nadu

The Badagas are a unique community living mainly in the Nilgiris District in Tamil nadu in South India. They are also the single largest community of the Nilgiris. Though classified backward, a significant factor is the high status of their … Continue reading

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One non-government, not-for-profit organization for every 400 Indians: The largest number of NGOs in the world – First official estimate by the Government of India

First official estimate: An NGO for every 400 people in India Archna Shukla : New Delhi, Wed Jul 07 2010, 09:05 hrs India has possibly the largest number of active non-government, not-for-profit organizations in the world. A recent study commissioned … Continue reading

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JAGWAR Santal Literary Meet 2015 (14-15 February) focusing on “individual and collective memories of loss”: Johar HRD Centre, Dumka – Jharkhand

Concept Note* “Memory is a tricky thing: it picks and chooses what to preserve and what to discard. Sometimes it is the trivial that triggers the process of remembering a great loss.” – Temsula Ao, These Hills Called Home    … Continue reading

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Learning about access to international markets and best farming practices in other regions –  The new 24/7 Green India infotainment channel

S. Ravi, The Hindu October 31, 2014 | Read the full story here >> With the urban centres of India inundated with information thanks to the plethora of satellite channels, the focus of business, in particular marketing and communication, seems … Continue reading

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“Irulas are very knowledgeable about medicinal plants” : Interview with Zai Whitaker, Director of the Irula Tribal Women’s Welfare Society – Tamil Nadu

Soma Basu, The Hindu, MADURAI, February 21, 2013 | Read the full interview here >> Author and nature lover Zai Whitaker wants to see future generations armed with more information on environment and wildlife “I couldn’t and can’t be anything other than … Continue reading

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Grass mat products for eco-friendly, organic consumers worldwide: Tribal handicrafts from East Singhbhum accessible through TRIFED – West Bengal

Antara Bose, The Telegraph, Kolkata, Monday , May 14 , 2012 Grass mat weavers in Janumdih village, East Singhbhum district’s Potka block, will soon see their products selling in retail stores of countries whose names they may not have even heard … Continue reading

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Video | Spreading awareness of microcredit through shadow play and live music in a very remote tribal area (Video Volunteers) – Andhra Pradesh

Tip: the end of this video is not to be missed for its humorous approach to a serious issue!

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India’s tribal citizens and the country’s urban mainstream: In search for schooling, work, food and dignity at home – Comment from New Delhi

Renuka Narayan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, October 12, 2014 An important position paper with policy recommendations on India’s tribal citizens is currently under consideration with Government. Its outcome interests me because though they don’t make them more ‘mainstream’ than I, my life as … Continue reading

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