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Two-day International Santhali Conference kicks-off

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Government to help small entrepreneurs in setting up business: CM

Jamshedpur: The Chief Minister Hemant Soren today said that his Government will take steps to promote small entrepreneurs in the State.

Apart from ensuring loan facilities for the youths, policies will be framed to increase their employability. He also asked industries to focus on all round development of the State economy.

He said that proper priorities should be given to all the stakeholders while pursing projects or else the state would witness unbalanced growth.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the two-day International Santhali Conference-2013 organised at Michal John auditorium, Soren admitted that mistakes were committed by the past governments both during erstwhile Bihar and Jharkhand regime.

Speaking in chaste Santhali, he said that people of the region have not developed in proportion to the mineral resources extracted from there region.

“Our natural resources are depleting due to rampant use of the mines and industrial growth. However we have failed to ensure progress of the local tribals and their participation in the production and this has led to social unrest,” said Soren.

He also noted that the Government will make available easy loans for the youths to pursue their education.
” The present generation is waning away from their rich values and tradition, which is a matter of great concern. Unless we teach them the importance of Santhali language and literature they would not take interests,” the Chief Minister noted.

Meanwhile during the conference availability of Santhali books in the market was another important issue that was raised during the session. The speakers were of the opinion that books on Ol chiki script should be easily available in the market.

Addressing the gathering on this occasion D C Murmu said that though Santhali is a language spoken by the Santhals, a tribe living in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa it is also spoken in some parts Bangladesh and Nepal.

Being an Austro-Asiatic language, it had no script of its own. It was usually written in either Devanagari or Bengali Script. Recently, there has an attempt to introduce alphabets, called ‘Olchiki’ in the language.

“The tribal art of India is widely neglected in Europe and America. Its meaning is largely unknown and it is generally overshadowed by Classical Indian art.

European artists at the beginning of the century made us aware of the arts of Africa and Oceania, and perhaps now we should learn to appreciate the formal language of Indian tribal art as well,” he noted.

It may be noted that in a bid to promote art, culture, language and literature the Santali conference is organised by International Santhal Council (ISC). About 500 delegates from across the globe are participating.

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