Santhals block Railway, Road for Language Recognition

Santhals block Railway, Road for Language Recognition

A Santhal tribal organisation, frustrated at having to beg for the inclusion of the Santhali language in courses at the university level and in schools and colleges, resorted to a railway and highway blockade on Monday 24th September. The railway blockade  led to cancellation of trains and left thousands of passengers stranded. The blockade was […]

SC/ST Commission is defunct in Bihar

SC/ST Commission is defunct in Bihar

Patna: It’s a curious state of affairs for a Chief Minister whose media spiel is all about his concern for the dalits. The State Commission for SC & ST in  Nitish Kumar’s Bihar is non-functional for the past two years. The government seems to be ignoring the Patna High Court directive to remedy the situation. […]

Tribal Art Fest this Christmas at Jamshedpur

Tribal Art Fest this Christmas at Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) : The rich hues of tribal and folk culture of the state will be showcased come Christmas day, in  a national level event to be held at Bistupur in Jamshedpur. Organised jointly by Calcutta-based Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC), city-based NGO Kalamandir and Tata Steel, the All India Folk, Tribal and Craft Fair […]

Death stalks tribal kids

Death stalks tribal kids

Malnutrition is killing the tribal children of Orissa (Odisha). In Nagada village area, in Jajpur district, where five children have died in the past 20 days. While the government says 15 children have died since January, the local Sarpanch puts the number at 17. “Five children have died in 20 days at Nagada. Two of […]

No Widows in this MP Tribal Community !

No Widows in this MP Tribal Community !

Girls married to Gond bridegrooms in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district, will never ever end up as  widows. According to their tradition, if a woman’s husband dies, she is married to the next bachelor in the family – regardless of age. If there are no eligible boys, the village elders  (usually a woman) will present  the woman with  […]

Should this tribal man be charged with murder?

Should this tribal man be charged with murder?

A child of mixed blood has been ritually killed by a primitive aboriginal tribe, leaving the police in the Andaman and Nicobar islands in a fix. The Jarawa tribe has the most unique status. They are to live in a 780 square reservation with as minimal outside contact as possible. When members of the isolated […]