Category Archives: Languages and linguistic heritage

All languages created by human communities are our collective cultural heritage. Therefore, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that they do not face the global phonocide let loose in our time. – Prof. Ganesh Devy lecture at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore (26 September 2010)

Bringing indigenous knowledge systems into a “pedagogy of the collective”: Kora, Munda, Oraon, Mahli and Santal communities’ egalitarian value system is a source of strength – West Bengal

Adivasi learner and ‘pass-fail’ policy by Dr. Boro BaskiEnglish translation by Prof. Sudipto Mukhopadhyay Lately the West Bengal Government has scrapped the no-detention policy and brings back the “pass-fail” system. One gets a second chance in Class five and eight … Continue reading

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Promoting culture in collaboration with other communities: Aimol Custom and Culture Development Organization (ACACDO) – Manipur

Manipur tribe turns to music to preserve culture | Read the full report here >> IMPHAL: Aimol, a Scheduled Tribe community in Manipur with a small population, is on the warpath to preserve and promote its culture, tradition, costume and … Continue reading

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India’s UN 2007 vote on Indigenous Rights Declaration

Vote on Indigenous Rights Declaration[…] the Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples […] AJAI MALHOTRA (India) said his country had consistently favoured the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights. […] Regarding references to … Continue reading

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Learn more about tribal communities in West Bengal

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“We are so much more than that”: Book by S. Swarnalatha documenting the lives her own community, the Irula, who are known for their knowledge of nature and medicinal herbs – Tamil Nadu & Kerala

“My grandmother told me if someone ever pointed out our dance movements are peculiar, we should tell them these are the feline steps of a hunter” | To read the full story, click here >> Swarnalatha belongs to the tribal … Continue reading

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