Noamundi, Feb. 7: The local Adivasi Association organized an Uprum Maskal Kuruduru Program (a get together) of the indigenous peoples at the Pechaisai Ground in Noamundi on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering, the chief guest and Akhil Bhartiya Krantikari Mahasabha’s Natnional president Mukesh Birua said that forests exist every where Adivasis inhabit.
Forests and the tribal have a very close relation from time immemorial. “The birds and animals have the ability to predict future natural calamities and express it through their activities. Now the forest and Adivasi are under on the way of extinction and we are under the grip of Hindusatani and Englishtani cultures,” he said.
Making a sarcastic pass, Birua said, “While Baba Ramdev became a crorepati by selling herbal medicines collected from forests, the Adivasis have become poorer.”
Special guest and former MLA Mangal Singh Bobonga said that the existence of tribal language is in jeopardy. The tribal people lack unity, whereas others from Kashmir to Kanyakumari are united. “We have forgotten our traditional musical instruments like bansuri, dhole, and madar.
The young generation does not participate in our Mage festival. We kill ourselves in the name of witchcraft. We consume alcohol. Unless these practices are eradicated, we cannot develop,” he emphasized.
Adivasi block president Ajay Tirya, Ghaneshyam Hembram, Debram Tubid, Mukhiya Raj Barjo and Punita Barjo also addressed the people. A large number of people from Kiriburu, Jetia, Jaintgarh, and Noamundi attended the get together program.