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AT A GLANCE: Birsa Munda Museum and Memorial Park inaugurated by the PM

Jharkhand, of many struggles

Jharkhand marked its 21st Foundation Day and observed its tallest icon Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary on November 15. The Narendra Modi Government announced observing the day every year as ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’ and even held a grand celebration in Bhopal to commemorate the event. On this occasion, SUDHIR KUMAR MISHRA delves into the rich history of the country's second youngest State, recalls the contribution of its heroes to India's freedom struggle, revisits the momentous events that led to Jharkhand's creation and meets the descendants of ‘Bhagwan’ Birsa besides those of the other tribal legends of the State. (हिंदी में पढ़ें)


The Sandesh From Sandeshkhali

Sandesh stands for a famous Bengali sweetmeat. Ironically, there is nothing sweet about Sandeshkhali. Instead, women of the island, mostly tribals, finally gathered courage to send out a sandesh (message) to the powers that be about their allegedly hellish experiences at the hands of a politically-protected local strongman [...]

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Captured On Reel, Real Life Of Bathudi Tribe

A Mass Communication teacher is ready with a first-of-its-kind ethnographic film on the Bathudi tribe, whose members claim themselves to be descendants of Balram and Subhadra (siblings of Lord Krishna). Options of its release on an OTT platform too are being explored, Sudhir Kumar Mishra reports

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The Mountain Of ‘Youthfulness’

Once a strategic outpost of Munda warriors during their fight against foreign invaders, zamindars and moneylenders, a 500-feet hillock in Khunti district in Jharkhand now attracts tribals in droves during winter every year for a very popular belief associated with it. Sudhir Kumar Mishra gives out the details [...]

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Tusu & Female Fortitude

One of the biggest folk festivals common to West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam and Odisha celebrates the strength of the woman. SUDHIR KUMAR MISHRA highlights how Tusu, coinciding with Makar Sankranti, Pongal and Lohri, is celebrated with much pomp and fervour by both tribals and non-tribals

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Writing on the Wall

Notwithstanding the overall improvement due to a slew of programmes and initiatives by the government, swathes of the tribal population still have very poor literacy levels. Mrittika Jain profiles 5 tribes with the lowest literacy levels in India

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Unique Ghotul

The Muria tribe in Chhattisgarh believes in Ghotul, the institution of sex education for children as also the place for unmarried men and women to mingle freely, Abhijat Shukla gives out details

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In Numbers

672
Sub-Districts each have a Scheduled Tribes population of more than 10,000