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Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates “Aadi Mahotsav” at Dilli Haat in New Delhi

Vice President calls for a model of development to preserves special identity of tribals

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today called for a model of development that preserves the special identity of tribals. He said their culture is their identity and it should  remain intact, even as they are drawn into the mainstream.

In a Facebook post today after the inauguration of National Tribal Festival “Aadi Mahotsav” at Dilli Haat in New Delhi, the Vice President said that any loss of tribal culture would be an irreparable loss to humanity. Observing that there are unique challenges in the field of tribal development, he said that the Government has always treated Adivasis with a special concern.

Disapproving the attitude of urban mainstream which is often characterized by a belief that they have a lot to teach the tribes to help them to develop, Mr Naidu said, in fact, the tribes have a lot to teach the urban populace. He called for keeping an open mind and observing humility while dealing with the tribes.

Maintaining that Adivasis are the aboriginals, the Vice President said that their way of life is guided by primal truths, eternal values and a natural simplicity.

Taking note of the wide range of tribal handicrafts, Mr Naidu emphasized the need to channelize the natural skills of tribal to promote and popularize their products and improve their sources of income. He also appreciated the Government for promoting interaction between the tribal artisans and the mainstream designers from reputed organizations.

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