Plea to start separate tribal academy

Mysuru, August 31:- President of Kannada Janapada Parishat, Dr S Balaji has urged the state government to start a separate tribal academy, saying the government has been sidelining tribal people.

He was speaking after inaugurating World Tribal Day 2019 at the Government First Grade College at Kuvempunagar in the city on Friday.

“World Tribal Day is observed on August 9 by the United Nations at Geneva. We are observing it a little late. Government is sidelining tribal people. There have been 13 presidents of Janapada Academy, none of them has been from the tribal community. The government should immediately start a tribal academy. Tribal people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands climbed up the hills during tsunami to themselves. This was the knowledge they possessed. They knew what was going to happen with the sound of animals and wind,” he said.

“Tribal folk arts are neglected. The artistes are not getting any privileges. They have remained out of urbanisation and protected their culture. Researches should be held on tribal people,” he said.

“8.6% of the population is still living in hadis. They might not be sure about being able to live with the mainstream of society. The government should provide them with education and basic amenities wherever they are,” said well-known writer DN Krishnamurthy.

District president of Janapada Parishat Kyathanahalli Prakash, principal of the college Dr Ragini N and others were present. (MR/GK)

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