Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate First National Tribal Carnival in Delhi on October 25, 2016. This was announced by Union Tribal Affairs Minister Shri Jual Oram in New Delhi today while addressing a press conference. He said the main purpose of this carnival is to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals. Shri Oram said the carnival will showcase and promote various facets of tribal culture on a large scale. The Minister said, “The underlying idea is to preserve and promote various facets of the tribal life relating to culture, tradition, customs and their skills and to expose it to the general public with a view to utilizing the potential for overall holistic development of the Scheduled Tribes.” Activities like displaying documents on traditional socio-culture aspects, exhibition of art/artifacts, cultural performances, demonstration of skills like sports, paintings, traditional healing practices etc. will be part of the four day event. The Minister said, “Workshop on issues like Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA)- its implementation, benefit to tribal community and its drawbacks, Forest Rights Act (FRA) 2006 and its implications and reservation in politics and recruitment will also be part of the carnival”.
Shri Oram informed that the events during the carnival will be a mix of live musical and dance performances, exhibitions, display of craft, fashion show, panel discussion, book fair etc. The carnival promises to be a mix of art, music, traditional food and one of its kind of non-stop venue for lively entertainment of India’s traditional tribal way of life full of experience and knowledge”. Shri Oram said “I have personally spoken to all tribal MPs, Central and State Tribal Ministers and formal Ministers and have invited them to the Carnival”. The Minister said about 1600 tribal artists and around 15000 tribal delegates from across the country are expected to take part in the carnival. Beside, eminent tribal personalities who have excelled in various field i.e sports, art and culture, literature, academic, medicine etc. have also been invited.