Top Adivasi leaders led by Arjun Munda,Jharkhand’s three time Chief Minister,join members celebrating the 2013 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples tomorrow.
“First we are patriotic Indians.Then we are Adivasis.Since the world community is preparing for the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the review and resetting of the post-2015 development agenda,I think it is time to reflect on our identity,language and culture so that our cause can be addressed”,Munda told JharkhandStateNews.com.
The state government led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren, son of a veteran Adivasi leader,is slated to hold a meeting.”The government is committed to the cause of the Adivasis”,said Chief Secretary RS Sharma.
Every body knows that the theme of the International Day this year is Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.Despite progress towards meeting some Millennium Development Goals, structural inequalities and social exclusion persist in some countries. Indigenous children are among the far too many who are being left behind.
Even in India the Adivasi girls and women face complex and multi layered experience of discrimination and disadvantage.”We have to plan taking into account the challenges of the times and problems faced by the issues of governance”,said Munda.
“Joint evidence building efforts among UN agencies including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues highlights for example that the experience of violence is heightened among females of indigenous background because of a myriad of barriers confronting indigenous girls and women’s effort to access services such as health care, protection, birth registration and schooling.