Sunday, February 28, 2010

'Tribal deprivation leading to Maoist violence'

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 28 Feb 2010 05:00:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 28 Feb 2010 08:10:15 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Eminent writer and columnist Shobhaa De today said tribal development could only be possible through rightful settlement of their dues and helping them against the powerful lobbies which exploit the natural settlers in their own territories.

Tribals remain deprived of their own land, their rights over forest produce and these could have resulted in current Maoist activities in the tribal-dominated pockets of Orissa and elsewhere in India, she added.

Speaking to mediapersons after delivering her talk on `We and our tribes’ series at KIIT-run Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences here, the celebrated author and champion of women empowerment, said knowledge sharing through care and love can only educate more tribal people.

Other leading and industrial states can take a cue from KISS and replicate the success story in their region, she said.

Earlier, the lecture series were inaugurated by the Union Tribal Development Minister on KISS campus.

She also said that apart from emphasising on academics we must stress physical education and sports and the tribal students must be encouraged in this regard as traditionally they can excel with ease in this category.

De also released her book `S’s Secret’ as part of `Snappy happy’ series which tells the story of teenage issues in urban India. The book published by Popular Prakashan, Mumbai, will be distributed by New Race book sellers and distributors in Orissa.
Her husband and industrialist Dilip De and founder of KIIT Group of Institutions Achyutananda Samanta spoke

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