| RE: Adivasi coming near to Hindu society is forgetting their own customs and traditions. Therefore, the new generation finds it difficult to define the limits of their customs.
The question of religion of Adibasi is coming back again. Sure, they do not have a holy book like Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Ishai but that does mean they have no religion. They do have a religion which is their way of life and is followed by them. They believe in one Almighty Creator whatever you call HIM and worship the beautiful things of the nature. But certainly they are not Hindu and their religion is not an organised one like Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. They were already in India when the Aryans came to India.If there is any similarity of certain aspects of their religion, they are due to influence of the stronger communities as it happens to any society.
I would like to add a bit to Apurba Barua's observation that the adivasis are losing their culture to Christianity and not to Hindutva. Tribals, usually, all over the world follow an animistic religion which is more magical and ritualistic than metaphysical and a spiritual one. Hence tribal religions are not mystical. Since tribal religions are without institutions and texts they are neither Hinduistic nor Semitic. Any form of religion for the more complex societies are in any case unsuitable for tribals whether it is Hinduism or Christianity. Therefore, to say that Christianity would alienate the Adivasis more than Hinduism is thus a non-issue since it does not matter to the Adivasis which religion they follow outside their own.
As far as Apurba's own sentiments as a Hindu (and not a Hindutva) is concerned, he feels hurt that if Hinduism (not Hindutva) is not the preferred religion of the Adivasis. He feels that the choice of Christianity blocks the chances of Adivasi integration into the Hindu society.
Fine, but then there are certain issues here as well. Firstly, Hinduism believes in the caste system and the Adivasis can only occupy a Dalit's status, which they do in many cases. Secondly, while Hinduism will make them unequal social partners, Christianity may help them integrate into a global network and improve their social capital.
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You must know by stating that Indian majority is Hindu and any bias against Hindus will destroy the the state of India which is secular because Hindu mind is secular. It is for tribal of Gondwana region to be careful north-eastern tribal losing their traditions because they converted to Christianity! Let people take care of the traditions they need. first of all, the adivasis doesnt have is a culture and set of customs.. nature worshippers.
True,"in India, Hinduism itself is a collection of wide variety of cultures and people. Hinduism is NOT monolithic, and hence we cannot define its boundaries. In that aspect, even adivasi culture has lot of similarities to hindu culture and they have more affinity towards the hinduism.. the adivasis have every qualification to be part of hinduism.." Regarding constitution the missionaries who are still busy with converting the tribals, want that the constitution doesnt include adivasis as part of hinduism.. SO this is essentially a conspiracy by the foreign powers.. However any voting among the adivasis cannot decide it. Hindis need to go near them and work with a 'missonary zeal.'
DR. Dhanakar Thakur
I totally disagree that Hindutva is destroying India, it is politicalisation of religion is spoiling the harmony among Indians.If Adivasi's are comming closer to Hindu way of life their is nothing wrong, I personally mingle with Muslims Christians and others and always comfortable.
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