News of tribals of India.

Muslims at bottom of higher education ladder, alongside backward tribes

By Charu Bahri

Despite almost trebling in the decade ending 2010 -- from 5.2 per cent to 13.8 percent -- the rate of Muslim enrolment in higher education trailed the national figure of 23.6 per cent, other backward classes (22.1 per cent) and scheduled castes (18.5 per cent). Scheduled tribes lagged Muslims by 0.5 per cent.

Chandan Boro: Son of a sweeper from Assam selected for Football training in Germany

By Abdul Gani,

Udalguri, Assam: Harisinga is a sleepy town in Assam’s Udalguri district along the India-Bhutan international border. Handicapped by insurgency till very recently along with poverty, the people of the locality have had to learn to survive in tough conditions.

Jharkhand government told to pay Rs 1 lakh for minor tribal's custodial death

Ranchi : The Jharkhand High Court on Wednesday ordered the state government to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation within 24 hours to the family of a minor tribal boy allegedly killed in police custody, a lawyer said.

Taking suo motu notice of the matter, the high court also issued notice to the state and sought a reply within six weeks on Rupesh Swansy's death.

The minor was picked up by Ranchi Police from a shop at Bundu, around 50 km from Ranchi, on suspicion of being a Maoist supporter earlier this month.

How quotas help disadvantaged-caste students get higher education

By Charu Bahri

As many as 26 per cent male and 35 per cent female students from India’s most disadvantaged castes and tribes in 245 engineering colleges would not be there without reservations, according to a new study that says affirmative action policy in higher education works largely as intended.

For Assamese media, every Muslim is a potential terrorist

By Aban Abrar Biplob for

'Campaign against AFSPA to continue to Manipur'

Imphal : Days after the Supreme Court held that the army or police cannot use excessive force under the provisions of AFSPA or the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, a civil organisations group said on Wednesday that the campaign against the Act would continue in Manipur.

Phunindra Konsam, President of the Working Committee on Apunba Lup (WCOAL) said that it will continue to demand for justice for the victims.

The WCOAL was formed by over 30 civil organisations to demand justice for the victims of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

Fact-finding team to Bastar reports cases of fake ecounters, arrests and rapes in the region

By TCN News

A group comprising of Sanjay Parate, Secretary State CPI-M, Vineet Tiwari, Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies and CPI, New Delhi, Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University and member AIDWA, and Nandini Sundar, Delhi University visited Bastar Division from 12 to 16 May 2016.

Odisha minister says unaware of tribals' killing; opposition flays government

Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha's tribal welfare minister on Sunday said he was unaware of the killing of five tribal villagers in Kandhamal district, the Congress and the BJP flayed the Navin Patnaik's government on the issue.

Both opposition parties said a shutdown will be observed in Kandhamal district on Monday to protest the death of five villagers during an alleged gunfight between security personnel and Maoists on Friday night in Kurtumgarh village.

Manipur to bring another anti-migrant bill

Imphal : An all-party meeting held on Saturday in the office of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh resolved to pass another anti-migrant bill in the forthcoming session of the Manipur Assembly.

On May 11, President Pranab Mukherjee had withheld the Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015 and sent the two other bills -- The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (7th amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Manipur Shops and Establishment (2nd amendment) Bill, 2015 -- back for consideration.

NE tribal groups ready to intensify statehood movement

Guwahati : Backed by the National Federation of New States (NFNS), a few ethnic groups of Assam and other parts of the northeastern region -- the Bodos, Karbis, Kokborok and the Kukis -- have chalked out a strategy to intensify their struggle for statehood jointly.

The representatives of the Bodos, Karbis, Kokborok and the Kukis have floated the northeast chapter of NFNS here and said they would intensify their agitation for separate states jointly.