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Tata Steel 'Regional Samvaad' 2018, Concludes at Ranchi

Ranchi, October 10, 2018

~ Six Regional Samvaads have provided a platform for dialogue, bringing together 153 tribal communities from 118 districts across India~ ~

The sixth and final regional round of Samvaad 2018 concluded at Ranchi today. We saw representation from 12 tribal communities (Oraon, Bhumji, Ho, Santhal, Munda, Khariya, Lohra, Kora, Lodha, Karmali, Gond, Mahali) from 14 districts across Jharkhand and neighbouring West Bengal.  The six regional Samvaads constitute a series of community-sourced dialogues among the tribal communities, culminating in the main Samvaad conclave which will take place from 15-19 November 2018 at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

Over the years, the Samvaad platform has seen an engagement from more than 20 no. of tribes from Jharkhand including several Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group.

The discussions in Ranchi focused on deconstructing concerns and recognising solutions across diverse issues such as the continued relevance of tribal culture & identity, challenges in localising educational system, responsible grassroot governance and forest-based livelihoods. The concerns of tribal communities posed by new external forces in keeping their essence and identity intact were commonly echoed across participants. 

The participants enthusiastically contributed to the discussions and shared proposed solutions which included focus on providing social education to the new generation, seeking platforms to showcase artisans’ products, taking pride in one’s language and culture, promote the rituals and traditions and become aware on political and judicial rights.
These deliberations have been documented and will be shared with participants for positive constructive action.

Mr Sourav Roy, Chief, CSR, Tata Steel, said, “The regional Samvaad in Jharkhand was particularly meaningful in enabling unbiased conversation on tribal perspectives or development in Jharkhand. All six regional editions of Samvaad gave us the opportunity to interact with a cross section of tribal communities on issues that impact tribalism in India. These interactions will also enable us to create a roadmap to contribute to the cause more meaningfully in the coming years.  We now look forward to main Samvaad in November 2018 in Jamshedpur.”

The Regional Samvaad – an integral part of Samvaad 2018, the fifth edition of Tata Steel’s annual outreach programme to initiate dialogue on the issues of tribalism in India - brought community leaders and members of some of the longest surviving tribal communities from four corners of the country under one roof to share their ideas, thoughts and perspectives on the theme of ‘Coming together for social change’.

The format of each session is uniform across all locations. The first day comprises an ice-breaker, group-discussions on issues faced by diverse tribes, presentation to the larger group, Q/A followed by a cultural performance and the second day involves brainstorming on solutions to the issues followed by presentation to the wider audience. 

The previous five regional discourses were organised in Odisha (Gajapati), Tamil Nadu (Madurai), Rajasthan (Udaipur), Nagaland (Dimapur) and Chattisgarh (Raipur).

This event was organised by the Corporate Social Responsibility team of Tata Steel at Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Ranchi.

Summary of the six regional Samvaads of 2018

  Tribes Districts People
Gajapati, Odisha 38 15 140
Madurai, Tamil Nadu 28 24 146
Udaipur, Rajasthan 19 21 139
Dimapur, Nagaland 34 24 117
Raipur, Chattisgarh 22 20 99
Ranchi, Jharkhand  12        14      107
Total 153        118 748


About Samvaad

‘Samvaad’ is a platform for the tribes to exchange ideas, thoughts and share their concerns. It encourages tribal communities to take the lead in initiating discourse on issues that govern their social sustenance and development. Samvaad is now fast growing as an eco-system where tribal thoughts and voices manifest in various forms – be it a discourse, a work of research, music, food and cuisine collaboration or even documentaries. The concept of regional Samvaad was initiated in 2016 with the objective of reaching out to more tribal communities in the hinterland and factor unheard voices therein. Since its inception, Samvaad has witnessed a flurry of discussions and activities under identified themes including Preservation, Protection and Promotion of Tribal languages (2015), Tribal Health Systems (2016) and 'Aspirations of Tribal Youth & Leadership for Future' (2017).

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