It is a welcome endeavour to make the non
It is a welcome
endeavour to make the non-tribal population aware of the richness and diversity of
the culture of indigenous people. Tribal fairs are manifestations of such
endeavour. But the way such fairs are organised, one wonders if the tribals are
made an alibi for the sponsors to get publicity. These sponsors, particularly
the private companies including the private professional educational institutions put up large
hoardings to advertise their products or organisations. The government
advertises its achievements with smiling leaders overseeing the crowds and the NGOs their
slogans. The government outlay for the tribal development over the years has
become very impressive and a great prospect is seen in harnessing this fund. It
is therefore not surprising that many private bodies and NGOs have emerged to
serve the tribals. Ironically these bodies claim to be providing free services to the tribals.
the present day scenario, when one remembers Gopabandhu Chaudhury, Nabakrushna
Chaudhury, Malati Chaudhury with their followers, to have treaded the intractable tribal
areas in the 50s of the last century, without an iota of publicity of their selfless service to the tribals and under heavy financial constraints, we certainly can claim to have come a
long way. But we are afraid the commitment that the great souls showed towards
the tribals and their upliftment for a healthy, dignified living, has been far left
Every activity amongst tribals has become a funded project. Every worker has become an employee under the project. Every service provided is thus compensated with a salary package. Service providers who love to call themselves as social entrepreneurs, compete amongst themselves for the fund and publicity. Not to boast of the service to the needy, once held as pious, is increasingly replaced by boisterous announcements.The fairs we are afraid have become occasions for such announcements.
Less such announcements are made more we will be closer to the realities, more we will be conscious of our commitment, less we will appear hypocritical, less diluted will be our service to them.
No fair should raise the question How fair is the fair?
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