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Tribes of Hazaribagh in Ranchi Struggle to Preserve the Traditional Paintings on Mud Huts

Many leading experts from different fields are appealing to the Prime Minister to preserve the museum

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RANCHI/HAZARIBAG, November 9,2016: The Mud huts with the beautiful traditional paintings on the campus of Sanskriti are soon going to disappear. Sanskriti is the regional head office of the Hazaribagh chapter of INTACH, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.

Here, the huts display the exquisite paintings of Khovar and Sohrai. These huts will be hidden behind the walls to be built by the new owner of the properties. Bulu Imam, Founder and curator of Sanskriti is running from one official to another to save the priceless art of the tribe, mentioned TOI report.

The paintings were made by the Tribal women who are also the members of Tribal Women Artists Cooperative (TWAC). Tutu Imam, the owner of the property has sold a part of the area.

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The huts cannot be viewed by the public due to the new boundary wall screened by the new owners. Sanskriti- apart from the paintings, has hundreds of tribal art, artifacts and Paleolithic and Mesolithic tools on display in the museum. Many students have completed their doctoral research at this university.

Imam started a campaign and got around 350 signatures to make an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to preserve the museum and save the tribal heritage.  In his letter addressed to the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das, Christian Reiser said that GEL Church was among the first settlers in Chota Nagpur and since then, they have worked for the benefit of tribes of Jharkhand. He asked the government to protect Sanskriti.

According to the TOI report, many other experts from different fields like philosophy, art, culture, and religion have expressed their concern regarding the cause. The state convener of INTACH in Rajasthan, Maharaja of Jodhpur, Gaj Singh wrote a separate letter to the chief minister.

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MP and Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha has assured Imam that the museum will be preserved, mentioned TOI report.

Leading experts from all over the world are appealing to the Prime Minister to protect the tribal heritage of Hazaribagh. Architect-Photographer, Deidi Von Schewen from Berlin has worked closely with the tribal artists for her photography project and her works are currently exhibited in Paris. She also made an appeal to the Prime Minister of India for the preservation of the huts. Retired Professor of Indian history, philosophy and religion at the University of Sapienza in Rome has made a similar appeal as well.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?