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New Delhi, October 25, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first National Tribal Carnival in New Delhi on Tuesday, seeking to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals.

“Main purpose of this four-day carnival is to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals. The carnival will showcase and promote various facets of tribal culture on a large scale,” an official release said.


About 1,600 tribal artists and around 8,000 tribal delegates from across the country are expected to take part in the carnival.

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Besides, eminent tribal personalities who have excelled in various fields like sports, arts and culture, literature, academics, and medicine have also been invited.

“Special trains have been booked to bring tribal artists and delegates from various parts of the country to attend the carnival,” it said.

Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Environment and Forest Minister Anil Madhav Dave, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Agriculture Sudarshan Bhagat, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai will also grace the occasion, the release said.

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Officials said the underlying idea is to preserve and promote various facets of the tribal life relating to culture, tradition, customs and their skills, and to expose it to the general public with a view to utilise the potential for overall holistic development of the Scheduled Tribes.

Activities like displaying documents on traditional socio-culture aspects, exhibition of art/artifacts, cultural performances, demonstration of skills like sports, paintings, traditional healing practices, etc. will be part of the four-day event.

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There will be workshops on issues like implementation of Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA), its benefit to tribal community and its drawbacks, implication and reservation of Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, in politics and recruitment will also be part of the carnival.

The carnival promises to be a mix of arts, music, traditional food and one of its kind of non-stop venue for lively entertainment of India’s traditional tribal way of life full of experience and knowledge, the release said. (IANS)


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