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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MP government banks on radio programmes to demolish tribal superstitions


The Madhya Pradesh government is banking on a 26-part radio programme to take two of the state’s ancient tribes - Gond and Baiga – out of a morass of superstitions.The initiative comes on the heels of a research by the Madhya Pradesh Council for Science and Technology (MPCoST) on the lifestyles of Gond and Baiga to study their problems and ‘malpractices’ which the government believes is hindering their development.On the basis of research, MPCoST has developed 26 episodes to address different issues related to Gond and Baiga tribals. The MP government’s department of science and technology’s organisation Vigyan Prasar and MPCoST will air the episodes from the third week of August from All India Radio stations in Jabalpur and Chhattisgarh’s Jagdalpur.

The new programme will be in addition to the ones already being aired for different purposes.

MPCoST scientist Virendra Kumar said, “As of now, radio programmes are being run to inform about development programmes and to entertain the tribal but this will be the first attempt when we will hit their stereotype thinking and orthodox practices but we will explain it well in their language so that they don’t take offence.”

The radio programme will seek to unravel superstitions by which some women are declared witches and how sorcerers are thought to have powers to cure a person from snakebite.


Forwarded By:Jainender Kumar Nigam,PB Newsdesk & ​Prasar Bharati ​Social Media, jainender.nigam.pb@gmail.com

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