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THE LAND OF THE INDIGENOUS: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE WORLD OF FICTION IN KABILAN VAIRAMUTHU AND MAHASWETHA DEVI

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Author(s): S. Karunya

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 496;
Date: 2013;
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ABSTRACT
Tribals are the group of people who belong to the forests and their chief occupations are hunting, gathering of woods and forest products. The domination of the tribals is predominant in India and the aborigines in Australia. The life of tribal people and aborigines is always in the brim of annihilation. These sects of people are not treated with respect and are not given any importance in the society. In the process of industrialization and technical advancement, forests are devastated in order to evacuate native people from their places. Tribals are deeply rooted to their culture and tradition following certain myths, worship particular gods and goddesses. From Gita Mehta’s A River Sutra, it is evident that the indigenous people “believe they once ruled a great snake, because the tribals believe they once ruled a great snake kingdom until they were defeated by the gods of the Aryans.” (6)The original inhabitants’ struggles for survival- livelihood and existence have intensified and spread as never before in history. In West Bengal, the Communist Naxalite combined their own demands for land rights for the poor. In the same way, some Adivasis found themselves as part of a violent rebellious movement that made them enemies of the state and were subjected to severe prosecution.Aborigines were the natives of Australia who belonged to the nation even before the colonization of British. The colonizers had upper hand over the nation and the people of the native land were not given any rights. Following the supremacy of Britain, there began a movement in Australia for the fairer treatment of the Australian aboriginals. For so many years, the natives were not given rights to vote and as such, in 1960 they were granted permission for the same. The indigenous people grew rebellious as they did not appreciate slavery. Racial discrimination is also predominant in the nation of Kangaroos. If the native of the lands could not understand the plight of these people, then who else could comprehend their agony?
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