By Jaypee Mishra
Put your foot on the land of India and you can feel the difference. The
Scorching Heat, the harsh yet soft rain drops, the snow which melts and the
golden leaves which fall upon you as you cross the streets. In the midst the
of the Himalayas, the mighty Tungbhadra River and the three seas which
surround the country, there live the people of India called The
Running with the life, changing with the time and adopting with the winds,
the people of this country have not changed much. They still value their
values and yet walk with the beast of Modern Life. So if the question of
Are there any Tribes Left in the Country comes, one has has to say
No. For all the normal environment, we don't get to see any of the Tribes.
The people which we see in the normal day to day life are ones who
speak the same language, wear almost the same clothes and have the same
variety of food. So where is the question of Tribes being ALIVE come from?
And do they exist. For all those who are in doubt there are tribes in
India. Several of them and covering all the parts of the country.
But to find them, one has to go deep in the forest or places which seem to
be lacking of inhabitation. There in the forelone places, you will find the
Tribes Of India living and thriving.
India is a country of tribes. Why so .. for the reason India is made of
Villages. And till the day there are Villages in the Country, there are
bound to be Tribes. So how many tribes are there. I am not from a Government
Department, or else I would have been able to give you an exact count.
Roughly saying the tribes make 2 3 % of the entire population of
Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh are some of the states
which comprise of Tribes of India. To mention some of them are the Mundas,
Orans, Santhalis, Bodos, Dimasas, Gaddis. They are a part of India. These
have been living for generations in the lands of the country called India.
Several research teams from the Government organization, each year do
research on these tribes. It is impossible to find the original way of
living of these tribes these days. Yet there are tribes, rare of them who
still live the way their ancestors lived. To see how they live and what they
do, one has to go and live among them with the help of a Guide. For the
reason that most of them still speak their own languages and are not very
familiar with Hindi or English language. Like the
, they speak Tibeto
Burmese language, Mundas
language. Living in the aboriginal forms, these are still able to sustain
their lives with the help of the Government. However there are other tribes
which have changed with the time keeping some of their ancestral
values and adapting some of the new ones. Hmars
are some of them.
To be able to live and survive in the coming age, these tribes have taken
to odd jobs for survival making shoes, doing fishing, making
shafts and so on. These jobs make there survival seemingly good , still the
survival seems blurred. Still there lies the danger of slow extinction -
these tribes need to be protected by us all.