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#1 Aug 11th, 2009, 23:27
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It seems that things are not going well for the Korwa people because the starvation caused by the terribly erratic monsoon this year in Jhelabathan a tribal village in Jarkhand. Tribal villages in remote areas are always really "Off the Beaten Tracks" lost and hidden for the authorities in India.

Full information with pictures of this tribal people and village at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8189051.stm


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#2 Aug 12th, 2009, 22:37
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It seems people here in indiamike is not much interested in the tribal life , only 24 people read the thread. It's a pity because is for me one of the main reasons for traveling to India.

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On the other hand, jorge, it is one of those what-to-say? things. I, too, saw the feature when surfing the BBC website.

Yes, it is terrible, and likely that more terrible things will happen for lack of water.
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People's interests are whatever they are, Jorge. 24 visitors in 24 hours isn't too bad...

It's terribly sad that the monsoon is so bad this year; drought in one place and floods and landslides in another. There's really not much we can do about this except feel sad.
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Feeling sorry for the people - the only words I'm having right now. Hope they'll get help soon!
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What is the disaster management team formed by the Prime minister of India doing on this ?

What is the govt doing for this drought?

The people's representative whom so ever he is, Where the hell is he when he is most needed...

Is there something we can do...? Like alerting a NGO to supply food materials / essential materials etc
#7 Aug 13th, 2009, 21:23
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They are talking about it, of course!

Only the other day the PM was quoted as saying that the people should not go hungry.

This may be similar to the "preparations" that Chennai makes, every year, for monsoon. I hope not.
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Jorje Reverter

It is indeed very sad to hear of this news, and the photos add the human face to the plight of those poor people.

I too love tribal India..though I have only been to India once.. I had a wonderful, terrifying and enchanting time during my travel in Jharkhand.

Just wondering if anyone knows where Jhelabathan is located? I've searched maps and can't find it.. most of the available maps online only provide regional informaiton within the state itself. I am partially familiar with the Godda region, as that is where I spent over a month in Jan/Feb this year.

A friend of mine who lives in Roldih, which is a small, remote agricultural town in the Godda district has been in touch to say that the monsoons did not arrive.. and that the local people were concerned for the coming months without harvest.

Other than mining, in rural areas such as Roldih that is all there is to provide income... mining... and farming (which is largely subsistent). Where I was there was no electricity. Life is very simple, and it's hard... the amount of physical labour needed to do daily chores made me truly appreciate a cooked meal and a cup of chai!

The article talks about schools. That there are schools but they are without teachers. I have seen firsthand the multitude of government built schools in the areas surrounding Roldih.. all without teachers. And without students. My friend in Roldih runs a very small non-government non-denominational anti-caste system school that takes in volunteers or locals who actually WANT to teach.. and fight against caste and corruption that characterizes their society.

The tribals are very much outcasts. Society there is still based very strictly on the caste system, and it'd be safe to assume that tribals would be the last people that the government cared about when it came to drought and famine - let alone education or even basic health care!! My friend has run this organization for over 15 years.. and has countless stories of his experience with dead-end goernment promises, local and regional corruption..empty schools, dilapidated and empty hospitals.. etc etc

Moreover.. corruption is so endemic there, it has, does and continues to destroy any positive attempts that the government has made to increase education. The government teachers are well paid, and don't turn up to teach, as there is no monitoring of their attendance. The kids get free school uniforms and bikes to upon 'enrollment' and.. their parents bribe the teachers who don't attend to pass their similarly non-attending students... thus the teachers may continue to glean their salary, and the children continue to be given freebies, and 'pass' shcool. NOT. No education is the result. And children brought up without education thus perpetuate the systemic cycle of corruption (and other social issues) that they have seen to be and known to be a path to monetary success.

While I've gone off on a bit of a tangent... the issues facing the tribals are so multi-faceted... it's interesting that they even 'scored a mention' in Western media at all.. let alone with the BBC. I wonder if the coverage has sparked any tangible response from the government? I wouldn't hold my breath....
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Sorry JR I did not see your first post.

@ iism .....the tribals are terribly neglected, but used by the pharma cos to tap into their use of herbal medicine, and in Orissa their holy mountain is the be exploited for bauxite.

Cast system crumbling?

Mars will be found to consist of blue cheese before that happens.
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Originally Posted by fsg View Post Cast system crumbling?

Mars will be found to consist of blue cheese before that happens.
Too true.!!

I assume you're referring to the school that I mentioned? I didn't really clarify the purpose of the school properly... not to 'fight' the caste system per se, but to provide an opportunity for equal access to education and social interaction for students of all castes/tribes in the area. This is in the hope that educated tribals/lower castes will defy their stereo-type and caste - simply by having an education. This could.. perhaps.. lead to less overt discrimination. That would be a positive.

Bauxite is also what the tribals lands are used to mine in the Godda district... it took a while getting used to the continuous rumble of explosions throughout the day! I guess the adjustment was made more difficult after being in a village that was in the pathway of wild elephants on a rampage - all exlosive noises subesequently sent panic waves over me (cause they use flares, which same the sound as mine explosives to scare the elepahnts away!!)
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india is in me,

Thanks for your great answer and for the details of your journey to Jarkhand. My intention when oppening the thread, as the majority of indiamike members are indians, was just to open a window about the tribal people and their deep-rooted problems because I think the tribal situation is the crystallization of the defects and injustices of the society in India.

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Hi all. Being a resident of Jharkhand, I think I need to make travellers aware of current situation before they travel to Jharkhand.

It is a tribal dominated state of India and contains almost 60% of mineral wealth of India including uranium. This state is surrounded by hills and jungles.

One of the most beautiful states of India, though now it is also the most decadent state of India. Jungles are vanishing fast (Saranda jungle was once called densest 'sal' forest of Asia) due to corruption within forest department and mafias. Wild animals are almost nonexistent in the jungles with only occasional elephant herds seen. There is rampant illegal mining, which is affecting the ecology around the mines. Law and order situation is worst in this part of country. There is huge illiteracy and poverty among the tribal people here. Corruption is the most severe disease of Jharkhand at present time.

Compounded by these, now there is Naxalism problem (so called Maoists) around the tribal and jungle areas. Be very careful while you travel to interior places, villages, and forests.

For people who desire to come to this place, still there are some beautiful places like Netarhat (in Palamu district), Saranda forest, Simlipal forest, and obviously the whole tribal heartland.

Be aware, always have some good local acquaintance all the time. Don't believe in every other person (as mostly foreign tourist have the false belief that India is a spiritual country...those were different times).

If you are travelling to Jharkhand and need any information or help you can mail me at snebis@rediffmail.com


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