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A constitution which guarantees: “The State shall not discriminate against any citizen” – The Sovereign Republic of India

“If we wish to maintain democracy not merely in form but also in fact … we must observe the caution which John Stuart Mill has given all those who are interested in the maintenance of democracy: namely, not to lay … Continue reading

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Scheduled Tribes under the Constitution of India: Literacy rates and characteristics

The Constitution of India does not define Scheduled Tribes as such. Article 366(25) refers to scheduled tribes as those communities who are scheduled in accordance with Article 342 of the Constitution. According to Article 342 of the Constitution, the Scheduled … Continue reading

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India is a secular state: Its constitution is committed to the unique demography, history and culture of each state and union territory

knowindia.gov.in India, a union of states, is a Sovereign, Secular, Democratic Republic with a Parliamentary system of Government. The President is the constitutional head of Executive of the Union. In the states, the Governor, as the representative of the President, … Continue reading

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Constitutional protection of India’s unique tribal heritage and its implementation – Government of India

To learn more about recent measures taken by government agencies, do the following: Type “constitution tribe“, “tribe government state [e.g. Maharashtra, Goa]”, “adivasi protection”, “tribal resources”, “indian government tribe”, “[name of tribal community] 2015” or similar search terms into the search window here: … Continue reading

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More than a question of terminology: ‘Adivasi’, ‘Indigenous Peoples of India’, ‘Vanvasi’, ‘Vanyajati’, and the administration of constitutional privileges for ‘Scheduled Tribes’ (ST)

Adivasis are not a homogeneous group; there are over 200 distinct peoples speaking more than 100 languages, and varying greatly in ethnicity and culture. – Source: World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples – India | Read more >> ‘Adivasi’ – A … Continue reading

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Tip | Find the names of tribal communities in any part of India: List of 645 “distric tribes” recognised by the Indian constitution – Wikipedia

To access the Wikipedia site, click here >> This is a list of Scheduled Tribes in India, as recognised [in] the Constitution of the Indian Republic; a total of 645 district tribes. The term “Scheduled Tribes” refers to specific indigenous … Continue reading

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Indian women’s rights are “self-evident and constitutionally secured”: Building capabilities by implementing good laws – The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy

Vasundhara Sirnate, The Hindu, Opinion » Lead, February 1, 2014 | Read the full article here >> In the last two years the highest courts in the country have responded to a mass call for more protection for women. Alongside, there have … Continue reading

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Justice, social, economic and political equality for all citizens: Ramachandra Guha on safeguards for minorities, backward and tribal areas enshrined in the Indian Constitution

outlookindia.com, April 14, 2010 | Read the full article here >> This essay was first published in the Economic and Political Weekly (August 11, 2007) under the title, “Adivasis, Naxalites, And Indian Democracy” and is republished here with the author’s permission as … Continue reading

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Tip | Constitution of India & Ministry of Tribal Affairs

All the hyperlinks given in this page opens a Portable Document Format (PDF) file in a new window. Preface (25 KB) Contents (82 KB) Parts I to XXII (640 KB) Schedules I to XII (229 KB) Appendix I & II … Continue reading

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Towards administrative mechanisms that meet the requirements of the Indian Constitution and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was set up in March 2007 under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, an Act of Parliament (December 2005). The Commission’s Mandate is to ensure that all Laws, … Continue reading

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The term ‘Adivasi’: neither an equivalent to ‘Tribe’ nor used in the Indian Constitution – Mainstream Weekly

By J.J. Roy Burman, Mainstream, Vol XLVII, No 32, July 25, 2009 In India the term ‘Adivasi’ has gained immense popularity in the last few decades to identify the tribes. This term is more commonly brought to use by the NGO … Continue reading

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Traditional social structures of Adivasis and the constitutional right to food

Human Rights By Boro Baski Legally entitled to a full stomach Fifty percent of the world’s hungry live in India. But India is a democracy, which gives her citizens a lot of rights – for instance, the constitutional right to … Continue reading

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North-Eastern Areas – Scheduled Districts Act of 1874, political and constitutional changes

Over six years after its signing, the Bodoland Accord is yet to usher in substantive changes on the ground. M.S. PRABHAKARA in Guwahati […] The Sixth Schedule, extensively amended since the adoption of the Constitution, along with the Fifth Schedule … Continue reading

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Tribal areas under the Constitution of India

Tribal areas generally mean areas having preponderance of tribal population. However, the Constitution of India refers tribal areas within the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura & Mizoram, as those areas specified in Parts I, II, IIA & III of the … Continue reading

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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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“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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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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PVTG – Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups listed by the Government of India (interactive map)

Introduction | To read the full document, click here >> Primitive, geographically isolated, shy and socially, educationally & economically backwardness these are the traits that distinguish Scheduled Tribes of our country from other communities. Tribal communities live in about 15% of … 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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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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Tribal language and bilingual newspapers: Key findings & conclusions

ANKITA PANDEY, thehoot.org, 20/12/2016 What are the factors that decide whether and where tribal language publications flourish? Some of the answers are surprising. | To read the full article, click here >> Tribal languages have received insufficient attention in our country. … Continue reading

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