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Indian President's Passionate Plea Against Assimilating Tribes

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In a strongly worded speech the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, said this week at the inauguration of the 'Andaman & Nicobar Tribal Research and Training Institute' (ANTRI) that attempts to assimilate tribes into the mainstream had failed and were w


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pam w (139)
Monday January 20, 2014, 5:50 am
What a complicated issue! There are SO MANY cultures/languages/tribal groups within India. I believe they still have ELEVEN ''official'' languages. It's amazing that anything is accomplished. Good luck with this ....

Frances Darcy (92)
Monday January 20, 2014, 6:09 am

lee e (114)
Monday January 20, 2014, 7:41 am
noted - too complicated for my little head!

. (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 9:19 am
As India is so aware of class status, it's no wonder these people are not even acknowledged.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Monday January 20, 2014, 1:09 pm
Pam, there are only two official languages in India, Hindi and English, there were never 11 official language. Each state has it's own language, , as well as Hindi and English. Nearly all Indian language except for Tamil has Sanskrit as it's base. There is only one overriding culture the Indian culture, all so called different cultures are variations of the mainstream culture, that's why it is an interesting country if you overlook the dirt and the poverty.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Monday January 20, 2014, 1:26 pm
The Andaman Islands are not connected to mainland India and ethnically not what we perceive as Indian, just as US state of Hawaii, the real Hawaii are I believe Pacific Islanders. Class status has nothing to do with their plight, they are tribal people, and it's wrong to coerce them to change their traditional way of living into what we call the modern way. Just as it is wrong to coerce the native Americans of US to change their traditions to mainstream culture. it's quite simple to understand, if people really want to understand, it's need a little empathy.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Monday January 20, 2014, 1:31 pm
And the Indian president is right, every culture is rich, it's best to leave the tribals alone to manage their own affairs, unlike what we have seen in some countries where they were forced to abandon their culture and join the mainstream.

Birgit W (160)
Monday January 20, 2014, 2:41 pm
Petition signed. Those people need all the help they can get.

Kate Kenner (215)
Monday January 20, 2014, 3:29 pm
Madhu, I agree but already sent you a star.It is indeed wrong to expect all indigenous tribes and groups to assimilate or to wipe them out. Tribes such s these only bring richness to India and I am glad the President as seen the error of his ways (or whoever and the idea to have them assimilate). I hope they live long and natural lives.
Yes, white people force native people to assimilate and it also failed. It cause many hardships for them and it was and is wrong. Instead of doing harm in various ways countries should appreciate what different cultures contribute just by being there.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday January 20, 2014, 3:38 pm

Kamia T (89)
Monday January 20, 2014, 4:21 pm
Assimilation has only ever been a hidden agenda at extermination. Ask any First People's tribes in the U.S. or Australia. Each culture has unique wisdom, capabilities and contributions it was put on this planet to deliver, and we're both arrogant and profoundly stupid to assume that they should be mixed like milk into tea and disappear.

Colleen L (3)
Monday January 20, 2014, 4:34 pm
Email sent. Thanks Cal

Arlene C (28)
Monday January 20, 2014, 7:05 pm
LU et merci pour les commentaires des membres CARE2

John B (185)
Monday January 20, 2014, 9:28 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article. Kudos to President Pranab Mukherjee for coming out on the side of the tribes. Kudos also go to "Proud not Primitive" for their efforts in stopping assimilation. Read and noted.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:07 am
It's a change to see a politician with an enlightened view.Everyone has a right to chose the way they want to live as long as they don't attempt to enforce their view on others.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 3:16 am

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Tuesday January 21, 2014, 7:27 am

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Tuesday January 21, 2014, 11:38 am
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