Belatedly, I would like to write about another celebration at the margin which has been going on now for more than two decades, once again without any media publicity. This is the annual celebration of the robust cultural uniqueness of the tribals of Western India on January 14th. Over two lakhs of tribals from the States of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra congregate at one place which is selected by turns in each of the four states and enjoy their cultural heritage and also discuss how to keep it alive in the modern world in which there is a continuous onslaught from such consumerist media sponsored events like the Valentine's Day. This congregation takes place under the aegis of the Adivasi Ekta Parishad and is totally funded by the Adivasi members of this organisation spread across the four States of western India.
This year there were many yatras or marches that from various corners of western India that converged on Nanduri village in Nashik district of Maharashtra for the celebration aggregating people on the way. One such began in Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh and passed through Alirajpur on its way to Nanduri. A public meeting was held on the occasion in Alirajpur followed by a group discussion whose participants are shown below.