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Aadi Mahotsav

  • Category
    Art and culture
  • Published
    24th Feb, 2023


PM Narendra Modi inaugurated AadiMahotsav, a mega national tribal festival, at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi.


What is Aadi Mahotsav?

  • Started in: 2007
  • Organized by:Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation Limited (TRIFED),Ministry of Tribal Affairs
  • Theme 2023: “A celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts , Culture, Cuisine, and Commerce”
  • Objective:The annual ‘AadiMahotsav’ honours the spirit of tribal culture, crafts, gastronomy, trade, and traditional art.

Key-highlights of 2023 Edition:

Shree Anna

  • 'Shree Anna' is the name given to millets. It means a food grain which has divine grace.
  • According to agricultural experts, millets are called 'Sri Dhaanya' in Karnataka because they are not only tasty and rich in nutrition but also carry a lot of medicinal value.
  • The programme present the rich and varied legacy of tribes from all around the nation.
  • At the Mahotsav, almost 1000 tribal artisans took part.
  • Along with the customary attractions like handicrafts, handloom, ceramics, jewellery, etc., the Mahotsavplaced a special emphasis on exhibiting Shree Anna grown by tribal people because 2023 is being observed as the International Year of Millets.

Tribals in India:

India has the second-largest tribal population in the world. As per the Census 2011, the tribal population constitutes about 8.9% of the total population in India.

Why tribals are considered ‘vulnerable section’ in the society?

Tribal communities are often identified by some specific signs such as:

  • Primitive traits
  • Distinctive culture
  • Geographical isolation
  • Shyness to contact with the community at large
  • Backwardness
  • Though their vulnerability is defined by several factors;
    • Dependency on hunting and gathering for food
    • Having pre-agriculture level of technology
    • Zero or negative growth of population
    • Extremely low level of literacy

How government is empowering the tribes?

  • Ministry of Tribal Affairs: The Ministry was set up in 1999 with the objective of providing a more focused approach to the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs).
  • Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS): EMRS have been set up to provide quality education to ST students (Class VI-XII) in remote areas through residential schooling facilities.
  • PradhanMantriVanbandhuVikas Yojana: Under the PradhanMantriVanbandhuVikas Yojana, a venture capital fund has been set up to promote entrepreneurship/start-up projects by ST youth.
  • PradhanMantri Jan JatiyaVikas Mission: Minimum Support Price (MSP) is ensured for Minor Forest Produce, and marketing support for tribal products is provided through the PradhanMantri Jan JatiyaVikas Mission.
  • TRIFED: Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India supports retail marketing for livelihood development among tribal communities of India. This includes the Van Dhan Yojana (VDY).
  • PradhanMantri Adi Adarsh Gram Yojana: PMAAGYaims at providing basic infrastructure in villages with a significant tribal population.
  • Health initiatives:Mission Indradhanush,NikshayMitra initiative. The government is also working for the management, control and eradication of Sickle Cell disease.
  • Honouring tribals: 10 Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museumshave been sanctioned in States where tribals lived.

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