Category Archives: Modernity

Increasingly available facilities are pushing the educated and informed tribal groups to seek (new) identity among majority in the Indian society. […] So it is very important for anthropologists and other social scientists in contemporary world to study understand and explain the status of tribal youth with respect to its participation and acceptance to the wave of development and modernization and further related changes. […] Fading importance of various social structures and institutions are few of the different dimensions of understanding among elderly sections in different tribal communities about the new aspiration of tribal youth. – Subhendu Kumar Acharya & Gautam K Kshatriya (Afro Asian Journal of Anthropology and Social Policy Volume-5, Issue-2 2014)

Video | Ancestors, social values and clan practices: Cultural identity transmitted through the weaves of the North-East – Seven Sister States

Folklore, myths and handloom Hidden within the colour, weave and design of tribal textiles are many legends If you were to look beyond the visible landscape of a weave, you would find myriad stories hidden in the colours and designs—tales … Continue reading

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The quest for cultural generosity: A new book on linguistic diversity and the human ability to “forge a safe and sustainable relationship with nature”

The extinction of languages leads to cultural loss and disinheritance of the human race as a part of its collective past vanishes, argues G.N. Devy The silence the eminent scholar and cultural activist G.N. Devy refers to in The Question … Continue reading

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Improvement in education: An enormous task but not difficult with perseverance

A sustainable improvement in the quality would happen only when there is an effort to improve quality along with inclusion. This cannot be achieved by creating a few centers of excellence.  | Read the full blog here >> An improvement … Continue reading

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“Tribal communities have a much deeper and a live sense of nature, living organisms, climate and material”: Veteran architect Narendra Dengle on architecture as an art – Maharashtra

Veteran architect Narendra Dengle [Pune] on the ongoing evolution of architecture by HARSH KABRA, The Hindu, July 29, 2007 Architecture is the only art, which demands wanderings through space for us to appreciate it. […] My work in rural and tribal areas … Continue reading

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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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