P108
Indigenous people and culture in India

Convenors:
James Howard (NomadIT)
Location:
302
Start time:
15 May, 2014 at 13:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

In the era of globalization, indigenous people and their cultures are at very critical point of time. They are facing threats from all corners. They are facing identity crisis as well as the threats of survival .

Long abstract:

In the era of globalization, indigenous people and their cultures are at very critical point of time. They are facing threats from all corners. The indigenous people facing identity crisis as well as the threats of survival .The identity of the indigenous peoples of India consists of their geographical, historical, ethnological, and linguistic and other features, which give them their distinct characters, distinguish them from the other peoples of the country. These features become really important when people grow conscious about them, identify with them, want to maintain them as a set of characteristics that distinguishes them from others. The history of the indigenous peoples has been the history of their constant struggle for existence as a different cultural identity. In India, the indigenous people have been categorized in different way and have been termed as Scheduled Tribe which constitutes 8.2 % of the total population. However, there are many more ethnic groups that would qualify for Scheduled Tribe status but are not officially recognized. Such ethnic groups are as high as 635 in numbers in India. Many of those are struggling for their identity and to include themselves in the list of scheduled tribes. At one hand, they are struggling for their identity and on the other they are struggling foe their livelihood and survival.