Translator/Guide in Chhatisgarh

#1 Apr 8th, 2010, 15:48
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I am planning to spend some time in Chhattisgarh this summer doing research on the tribal villages and how they have been affected by the conflict there.

I would like to hire a guide who has a good command of English, Hindi, and some local dialects.

Does anyone have any experience with this, or any recommendations?

I was thinking that I might hire one in Raipur, or would it be better to hire one in one of the district "capitals?"

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
#2 Apr 8th, 2010, 23:34
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It's better to hire guides from dist. capitals as the local dialects are different in every district.

In Jagdalpur (Bastar Dist.) there is one guide named Awesh Ali. He speaks understandable English (not fluent) & knows local dialects & has good knowledge of tribal areas. We met him during our Oct 09 (Dassera festival) tour to bastar. If you require his contact kindly let me know I will dig out the same from my travel folders.

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Right now Bastar is unstable due to the recent Naxal attack on CRPF. However, when time is good you may approach VE Travels (vetravels@gmail.com) of Raipur.

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Thank you both for the suggestions.

Shahronakm - yes please, if you wouldn't mind digging up his contact info I'd really appreciate it! There is no rush though, I will not be going there until June.
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Sophie Hartman and her crew at Green Gondwana would be a good contact. Even if she can't provide you with exactly what you need, she may know people who know people. They have one English-speaking guide who is based in Jagdalpur. Also, Sunny at Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreats works closely with them. He also has close ties within the Baiga community in that area and may be able to help you with contacts there. See my post right below yours for contact info.
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Tried to send you a PM but it was refused...
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Originally Posted by worthyquest View Post See my post right below yours for contact info.
Confusing way to put it, and then threads' order in a forum will change according to activity on them (by posting your messages above, you had changed their order). I guess you mean this one? : http://www.indiamike.com/india/chhat...dwana-t101272/.

You can't PM the other person yet as they don't have the required number of posts yet, btw. It takes a certain nr. + a certain period of membership for the function to kick in.
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posts on this forum don't change order that often... unless someone posts on my green gondwana post (which has not happened yet) it will stay below the OP's post, even when his gets pushed down.

thanks for the PM info.
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Worthyquest-thanks for the info, I'll check them out.

And I was wondering why I couldn't get/receive PMs, haha.
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I would seriously reconsider any work in the tribal area of Chattisgarh as it is extremely unstable at the moment and does not look like improving for some time due to a central govt push to gain some control over the area.
Dantewada, Bastar and Malkangiri are among 3 areas that have problems at the moment and I would doubt very much that the security forces would take too well to a foreigner on a research or do good mission roaming around the villages while they are having serious problems looking after themselves.

Common sense is the order of the day.
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I appreciate the advice.

Safety is something that I take quite seriously. Unfortunately, given my line of work, staying at home is not an option. I am fully aware of the risks. I have been following the situation in Chhattigarh closely, and have been in contact with people "on the ground."

I also realize that by asking a local to accompany me, they too would be at risk. Of course I plan to compensate them appropriately, and would only consider traveling with someone who has willingly accepted to take such risks.

In that sense, I guess you could say that I need a "fixer" rather than a guide. The line between fixer and guide is often blurred, and it really comes down to their personal experiences and their willingness to take you in to difficult situations.

I have been in touch with journalists to try to find such a fixer, but I thought I would check here on India Mike as well.

I really do appreciate the concerns voiced by some. Keep in mind that I will not be going there as a traveler/tourist/backpacker, etc., but as someone with an important job to do. A job that is made all the more important by the current conflict.
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yes, You are taking right decision . Do as u like please .
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Dear JVeverka,
I am residing just 3 K.M.from the place where[Netanar]7 police man are killed in Nuxlites attack,now a days the place in occupied by CRPF,but i think that it is not the right time to go there and study the problems of CRPF and the tribe people who are suffering in between police and nuxlites,am not concerned only my place but the whole region like sukma konta[recently visited by me],position is same every where,not its upon you to take a right decision.
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Originally Posted by shakeelrzv2011 View Post i think that it is not the right time to go there and study the problems of CRPF and the tribe people who are suffering in between police and nuxlites
Well, the person you're responding to had posted in April 2010 and saying they were planning to go that summer

But, any updates on the region are of course always welcome

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