Mysore, Jan 16 (UNI) Eminent Anthropologist and former professor North Eastern Hill University, Shilong Dr P K Mishra today regretted that there had been no improvement in the living conditions of tribals in the country even 60 years after Independence.
Inaugurating a day-long national symposium on tribals held as part of the Bahuroopi National theater festival at Ranagayana here, he said there are more then 5000 tribal settlements and their condition had not improved.
Stating that attempts were not made to safeguard their language and culture, he charged that they were being driven out of their houses in the name of development.
Urging the government not to shift tribals, Dr Mishra called for according special status to tribals and take steps to preserve their culture and language.
Central Sahitya Academy Secretary Agrahaha Krishna Murthy, speaking on the occasion, said atrocities on the tribals was a black mark on civilisation and urged the release of tribal literature in CDs in various languages.
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