Cen­tre cre­at­ing on­line data­base on tribes

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

Min­istry of Tribal Af­fairs is cre­at­ing a unique reper­toire on In­dia's tribes—an on­line data­base to doc­u­ment their evo­lu­tion, con­tri­bu­tion to In­dia's free­dom strug­gle, changes in life­style, cui­sine, ar­chi­tec­ture, ed­u­ca­tion level, mor­tal­ity rate, tra­di­tional art, folk dances and other an­thro­po­log­i­cal de­tails.The data­base would in­clude rare pho­to­graphs and videos —run­ning in thou­sands—col­lected from dif­fer­ent Tribal Re­search In­sti­tutes across states. Af­ter its launch, the data­base would be up­dated reg­u­larly with in­puts from an­thro­pol­o­gists. Of­fi­cials say the main rea­son for cre­at­ing the data­base is the min­i­mal at­tempts to doc­u­ment tribal life­styles, de­spite them con­sti­tut­ing 8.6 per cent of In­dia's pop­u­la­tion as per the 2011 Cen­sus.

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