FORMER CHIEF Secretary Sharad Chandra Behar has opposed the idea of classifying knowledge as indigenous or oriental, saying it reflects western influence on our thinking.
On the second day of the three-day national symposium on ‘Tribes and their indigenous knowledge: Implications for the future’ at the Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Behar shared his experience as an administrative officer and a student.
He vehemently opposed stratification of any branch of knowledge, be it mathematics or psychology and said it reflected inadequacy of our knowledge.
Without intellectual support, the tribal’s struggle could not achieve success. He called upon researchers in this field to reach out to their respective fields.
On the occasion Dr J J Roy Burman and Tikaram Sahu voiced their opinions on tourism and forest management. In the second session Prof D C Shah chaired the symposium and Prof B K Barik (Nanded), Dr Anita Das (Bhubneshwar), Dr R C Tiwari (Bhopal) and other researchers presented their research papers.
The symposium will conclude on November 23 at 2.30 pm with a valedictory lecture by retired IAS officer Dr B D Sharma.