Is the Telangana govt violating the Constitutional rights of adivasis with district reorganization? ఫిబ్రవరి 26, 2017Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Chenchu, Culture, displacement, ecology, Economy, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, Khammam, Koya, Mahabubnagar, Polavaram, Settler, Warangal.
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According to the census of 2011, Adivasis account for 9.34% of the total population in Telangana.
Pavan Korada, The NEWSMinute, Sunday, November 13, 2016
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has reorganised and added new districts in the state, increasing the number of districts in Telangana from 11 to 31. Ostensibly, this was done to improve the administration of the newly formed state. But what exactly lies beneath this objective is possibly a shrewd plan to consolidate the party’s support base. This is clearly explained in this article here by senior journalist Kingshuk Nag. But more importantly this exercise by the TRS government will have a massive impact on the adivasi population of Telangana. (మరింత…)
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They can no longer be told from Telangana culture
S Harpal Singh, The Hindu, Adilabad, July 15, 2016
Banjaras, known as Lambadas, settled in Adilabad district are slowly embracing local traditions
It may not be too long before the Banjaras of Adilabad district, popularly known as Lambadas, get completely assimilated into local Telangana culture given the speed with which changes are being adopted by the community.
Those living along the banks of Godavari river, mostly in Dilawarpur, Nirmal, Laxmanchanda, Mamda, Khanapur, Kadem, Jannaram and Dandepalli mandals have already shed much of their customs and it is not easy to identify them as they are no different from other locals. (మరింత…)
Gond mythology and culture ఫిబ్రవరి 20, 2016Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Art, Culture, Deccan, fairs and festivals, Gond, heritage, Hindu, Identity, ST, Telangana.
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Tribes changing their religious practices with time
S. Harpal Singh
The Hindu, Adilabad, February 20, 2016
Tribal people claim that Adivasi culture was derived from Hinduism
The Adivasis seem to be among the most misunderstood and most exploited lot even if the issue relates to the identity of their religion, a subject which incites much passion among the aboriginal tribes of Central India. The debate which was generated in Adilabad district during the recently concluded Keslapur Jatara or Nagoba Jatara, the famous tribal fair, not only focussed on the subject but helped expose the developments of the last few decades which had an impact on the religious practices of the aboriginal tribes.
Nothing was amiss until anthropologist Christopher von Furer-Haimendorf re-visited the jatara in 1982 and witnessed the changes in the form of worship comparing it with the practice in 1941 when he had first visited it.
In his book ‘Tribes Of India, The Struggle for Survival’, Baron Haimendorf noted the construction of the existing temple in the style of Hindu temple and an attempt to seek connections between the Gond mythology and Hindu scriptures and to interpret the mythology in the light of Hindu ideology.
While the legendary Austrian anthropologist clearly considered the Gonds and other aboriginal tribes to be non-Hindus, the Pardhans or Patadi priests believe in the contrary. “We are Suryavanshi Hindus,” asserted Mesram Dada Rao, the Pardhan elder from Gundala in Narnoor mandal. (మరింత…)
Medaram Jatara ఫిబ్రవరి 20, 2016Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, Deccan, fairs and festivals, Gond, heritage, Identity, Koya, Medaram, ST, Telangana, Warangal.
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Sea of humanity descends on Telangana forest for largest tribal fair
IANS, Thursday, February 18, 2016
Warangal (Telangana): Hundreds of thousands of people have reached Medaram in Warangal district for Sammakka Sarakka jatara, India’s largest tribal fair, which began on Wednesday.
Devotees, both tribal and non-tribal, from different parts of Telangana and other states like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are participating in the four-day fair, also known as Medaram jatra.
Medaram and surrounding villages in the forest, about 100 km from district headquarters, have turned into sea of humanity for the tribal festival, organised once in two years. Men and women took a dip in Jampanna stream, which they believe wash away their sins.
Devotees belonging to different states and speaking different languages throng the forests to pay obeisance to tribal goddesses Sammakka and Sarakka.
The unique rituals, which include devotees offering jaggery to the deities, will begin Wednesday night with the customary arrival of Sarakka’s image from Kannepally village which will be placed on a platform. The image idol covered in red cloth was brought in a vessel laden with vermilion and turmeric powder. (మరింత…)
10 million people attend India’s largest tribal fair – Medaram Jatara ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2016Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Gond, heritage, Identity, indigenous, Kakatiya, Koya, ST, Telangana, Telangana Festivals.
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10 Million People Descend on Telangana Forest for India’s Largest Tribal Fair
February 17, 2016 IANS, WARANGAL, Telangana
Hundreds of thousands of people have reached Medaram in Warangal district for Sammakka Sarakka Jatara, India’s largest tribal fair, which began Feb. 17.
Devotees, both tribal and non-tribal, from different parts of Telangana and other states like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are participating in the four-day fair, also known as Medaram Jatra.
Medaram and surrounding villages in the forest, about 100 km from district headquarters, have turned into sea of humanity for the tribal festival, organized once in two years. Men and women took a dip in Jampanna stream, which they believe will wash away their sins.
Devotees belonging to different states and speaking different languages thronged the forests to pay obeisance to tribal goddesses Sammakka and Sarakka.
The unique rituals, which include devotees offering jaggery to the deities, began Feb. 17 night with the customary arrival of Sarakka’s image from Kannepally village which was placed on a platform. The image idol covered in red cloth was brought in a vessel laden with vermilion and turmeric powder. (మరింత…)
Vote for Congress for development: CM Kiran Kumar reddy మార్చి 16, 2012Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Congress, corruption, elections, Gond, Identity, JAC, KCR, livelihoods, MIM, Mulki, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Vote for Congress for development: CM
Express News Service, 15 March 2012
ADILABAD/ NIZAMABAD: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has called upon the people in Adilabad to vote for the Congress if they wanted to have development in their constituency. He was addressing a public meeting in Adilabad, as part of campaigning for party candidate C Ramachandra Reddy who is contesting the bypolls.
Launching a tirade against the TDP president, he said that farmers, BPL families and minorities suffered a lot due to ‘misgoverance’ by Chandrababu Naidu.
He listed out various development programmes taken up under the Congress like the `1-a-kg, interest free loans to women groups, loans to farmers, pensions to the poor, physically handicapped and others. Under the NREGS, an amount of Rs 9.70 crore was released and works worth Rs 1.14 crore were provided to people in the district during the last five years, the chief minister said. Kiran Reddy promised to give 50 per cent reservation to women in the upcoming local body polls. (మరింత…)
Chhattisgarh govt to oppose Polavaram dam at all levels మార్చి 19, 2011Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Bhadrachalam, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, population.
Tags: adivasi, backwater, Chattisgarh, CWC, dam, displacement, Ecology, embankment, floods, Konta, Public Hearing
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Chhattisgarh to hold public hearing on Polavaram irrigation project
Statesman News Service, 16 March 2011 The Statesman
RAIPUR, 16 March: Following strong objections realised against a planned Polavaram irrigation project by neighbouring Andhra Pradesh on the Godavari, Chhattisgarh today confirmed that the Centre has asked it to hold a public hearing on the issue.
“Union minister for forest and environment Mr Jairam Ramesh has agreed to hold a public hearing over Polavaram irrigation project after Chhattisgarh government strongly placed the case before him,’’ an official statement said. (మరింత…)
Polavaram : A disaster on card సెప్టెంబర్ 30, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Bhadrachalam, conflict resolution, corruption, Culture, Economy, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Khammam, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, ST, Vishakapatnam.
Tags: Chattisgarh, CWC, dam safety, Eastern Ghats, Ecology, embankment, MEOF, MOTA, Odisha, Orissa, Sabari, Sileru
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Polavaram: A disaster on card
Orissadiary.com, September 30, 2010
By Kishor Dash
The Multi-Purpose Indira Sagar Polavaram project, is still not rid of its troubles. While Andhra Pradesh government could manage to get all necessary clearances for its much ambitious Rs 17,500-crore, project and an assurance from the UPA Government at the centre that it would be recognized as a national project, it continues to be hit one roadblock or the other.
The latest in the series comes Odisha government’s fresh application filed in the Apex court seeking the quashing of the clearance granted by the Environment Ministry to controversial Polavaram project on the ground that it would affect the lives of thousands of people in its state due to the massive embankment being constructed by Andhra Pradesh. The matter would be taken up by the Supreme Court on October 4. Earlier, the state government has already filed a suit before the apex court challenging the construction of the multi-crore Polavaram project which it fears would inundate several parts in the Malkangiri district of the state.
Polavaram is a disaster on many counts, ecologically and politically for Odisha, and the Koyas and the Konda Reddis are the latest sacrificial lambs to the temples of modern India. For Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, the probity of the crusade unleashed by the ministry in the past few months hinges on the Polavaram decision. The Koyas and the Konda Reddis are besieged by questions of all kinds — land, livelihood, culture — but the Vedanta rejection has given way to a glimmer of hope. The Naveen Pattnaik government in Odisha says 28 villages in Motu tehsil, nine of them dominated by Koya tribes, will be submerged in Malkangiri district. “A population of 20,000 is going to be affected, which includes Scheduled Tribes and Primitive Tribes. As per the estimates of the state government, the project was likely to submerge 2119.38 hectares of land in Naxalite-affected tribal areas of Malkangiri district. (మరింత…)
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Separate States and Self-determination: Learning from the Telangana struggle
Jason Keith Fernandes
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, Notes of an Itinerant Mendicant
A week ago the Deccan Chronicle published a statement by the famed activist Kacha Iliah. The statement was a response to a demonstration that had been held outside Illiah’s house by students who are pro-Telangana. These students opposed Illiah’s support of the demand of tribal activists in current Andhra Pradesh for Manya Seema, a separate State of their own. Iliah reports that ‘Most of the upper caste Telangana leaders were of the view that those who live in the region should support Telangana and no other issue of caste, tribe, gender or exploitation should figure in the debate in any form’. The Telangana agitators, he argues ‘seem to think that whatever their position, the tribals should not raise their problems now. If they raise such issues now, the separate Telangana process would be hindered. Similarly, if the minorities or exploited castes raise the question of their status in Telangana state, the process would be hindered’.
This debate is an interesting one for a number of reasons, not least because there is an echo here from the observations of activists demanding the recognition of the Roman script for Konkani. In my conversations with them, they too recollected that at the height of the Konkani language agitation, the details of script was never discussed, but left for another time. The activists recollect that they were told not to worry, that their interests (i.e. that of Roman script users) would be taken care of. Subsequently when they raise the issue, the old fear of merger into Maharashtra is raised. This column is not about the Romi–script demand however. (మరింత…)
Medaram jatara, Sammakka Sarakka festival జనవరి 29, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in Culture, fairs and festivals, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, Kakatiya, Koya, struggle, Telugu, Warangal.
Tags: Jatara, Medaram, Sammakka, Sarakka, women
Arrival of deities heralds Medaram jatara
Three-day tribal festival begins in Warangal
Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao, The Hindu, 29 January 2010
MEDARAM (WARANGAL DT.): The arrival of most revered tribal deity Samakka is all that hundreds and thousands of devotees waited for.
They all held their breath for that benign moment and it finally came.
As the tribal priests descended the Chilakalgutta hillocks carrying the deity, Superintendent of Police Shah Nawaz Qasim and his men fired bullets into the air heralding the arrival of the deity into Medaram village. Carrying a vermilion casket and a bamboo pole considered as the deity and possessed by magic powers, the priests sprinted towards the altar. The devotees jostled and vied to touch them. (మరింత…)