T he preservation and protection of traditional art & culture needs to be laid thrust as the values and ethos of the indigenous tribes have always been subjected to western influence. Neither the scholars nor the thinkers in a tribal society have been able to check the deterioration in the values which have been cherished by the earlier generation. The youths of today are easily swayed by fashion and western culture. The Nehruvian policy of preserving the indigenous identity has been less carried forward by today’s politicians. It is unfortunate that great writers, novelists and scholars of this state have till now managed less to educate the people through their writings and teachings. Instead they spared much more time in writing stories which was although amusing to the readers has not contributed much to promote the tradition and cultural ethos of any tribal society here in the state and across nation.
The indigenous way of life and culture of the people in the state right from their festivals, food habits, lifestyles and living, to their unique tradition need to be preserved. Though they are free to choose any religion, the preservation and promotion of their tradition and culture lies in their hands. The next generation would struggle in finding their roots in the tribal society if the policy makers, academicians and politicians do not combine to provide the right direction to the youths. Education pattern in schools, colleges and universities needs to be streamlined in such a manner so that the interest of the tribal society in the State is ensured in the future too. -Gems from V. Ravindran