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Seminar on tribal knowledge concludes

THE STORY of so-called progress of the tribal people is a history of unfulfilled promises and worst face of globalisation, says Dr B D Sharma.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 16:30 IST

THE STORY of so-called progress of the tribal people is a history of unfulfilled promises and worst face of globalisation, says Dr B D Sharma.

The former IAS officer was addressing the concluding session of the three-day seminar on `Tribes and their indigenous knowledge: implication for development’ at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya in the City on Thursday.

The retired bureaucrat said that the solution to the problems of the tribal and conservation of their indigenous knowledge would not be possible by holding discussions in closed rooms, but through the mantra of autonomy, information and knowledge of rights. He expressed concern over the displacement of the tribal community in the name of progress and said that it causes several negative influences.

Former director of the Tribal Research Centre S L Kalia presided over the session. The seminar was jointly organised by IGRMS and the Barkatullah University.

In the fifth session preceding the concluding function, research papers on indigenous knowledge in management of economy were presented by Dr Gaya Pande, Ranjit Kumar Saha, Dr Umesh Chandra Pandey, Dr Anand Murti Mishra and others. Prof Yogesh Atal presided over the event.

First Published: Nov 24, 2006 16:30 IST