Tribal, Tribals, Capitalism, Socialism, Industrialization, Displacement, Atrocities, People

Citizen Journalism – जन पत्रकारिता: Why do tribals need it?

(I shall be using the terms indigenous/tribal/Adivasi interchangeably in this article, reason being each of them have their own significance, advantages as well as disadvantages. These can be read...

(I shall be using the terms indigenous/tribal/Adivasi interchangeably in this article, reason being each of them have their own significance, advantages as well as disadvantages. These can be read in my next article on these terminologies. For now you may please proceed with the article below)

In a time when the indigenous tribes of India have almost lost faith in their elected leaders, the news media, the judiciary and the administration, there has to be a way for them to communicate to the world their plights, their stories, their views, their culture and customs, the atrocities done on them and the injustices they face.

The problem had started with the shy nature of the adivasis when the tribal communities refused to intermingle with other communities. They were self sufficient in food grains and other things necessary for life and they did not have the need to be involved in trade with other communities. This slowly and steadily deteriorated the economic conditions of tribals as their wants and needs increased with time and the list of basic necessities grew from ‘roti, kapda aur makan’ to include mobile, bike etc. also. However to sell they had only their agricultural produce which was not valued much in the market. Blatant casteism and many other types of oppressive practices further prevented the adivasis from progressing at the same pace with other communities of India. With the advent of the rampant industrialization and discovery of precious mineral below their agricultural lands started the problems of illegal mining and displacement. While these indigenous communities were already facing the challenges of health and education, casteism , human trafficking, the problems were made worse when the capitalist forces started working hand-in-glove with the administration to deprive them of basic facilities provided by the government like primary education , rural health care etc. Incidents of corruption, gross violations of human rights further gave rise to insurgency and Naxalism in these areas.

Despite all these issues even the news media didn’t bother to give much of coverage to the issues of the tribals. The private news channels are presently more interested in some starlets doing publicity stunts than highlighting the atrocities done on tribals and dalits in order to get justice for them. Journalism, once upon a time, used to be a medium to attract the attention of the world so that justice could be demanded. Sadly now it’s just a complimentary side-business of politics.

It is because of this reason the Adivasis need their own platform, their own news media, their own channel where they can raise their voices against the issues being faced by them. They need a platform to show the world that they are not savages as portrayed in recent Indian films. They need a platform to capture the attention of the world about the human rights violations done here. They need a platform to speak up ! Against their oppressors, capitalists who deny them justice, corrupt politicians and administrative officers……

And because of the same reason Nawa Ipil was set-up. To showcase the world of the tribals to the outer world. We, the team of Nawa Ipil, will help you to be heard …. not only across India, but across the whole world. You just need to record a short video of 1-3 minutes explaining the exact problems and send it to us. It can be anything in the form of an interview of locals describing the problem, a sting video on any corrupt official or any imaginative way you can think of to show your problems to the world through your video. The videos must be to the point and clear, stating facts (no rumours please), preferable shot with a mobile camera/digital-camera of minimum 3 Megapixel resolution. Please don’t forget to mention your name, your cameraman’s name (if you are in front of the camera and someone else is shooting it) and the name of the place at the last of the video. In case the submitter of the video asks for anonymity , the same will be provided by blurring the faces / removing the names from the audio. The clips will be edited if required to focus on the main points. The videos must be in English or Hindi because we need to communicate the message to the others, not all of whom may understand our regional languages. In cases where interviewing rurals in hindi is not possible, please provide us with a transcript of the interview.

Following is the link of Nãwã Ipil Facebook Page to upload your videos:

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Further all your other articles are also welcome as mentioned in this article. Click here to read how you can submit articles.

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