Gunjala Gondi script teaching has been recorded in a school in Telengana (report provided by CGNet swara www.cgnetswara.org)
By Ushinor Maumdar – published on Tehelka
4th October 2014
After decades of neglect, the Gonds are deciding their own linguistic future. The effort is noble but could have negative side-effects, says Ushinor Majumdar
Sixty-seven years and what have we got?” is the lament that rings across the tribal-dominated areas of India. Some will respond with “freedom”, others will say “you have quotas under reservation” and some will even say “social welfare schemes”. Continue reading
The University of Hyderabad team interacts with the Gonds while translating Gondi manuscripts at Gunjala in Adilabad district on Sunday. Photo: S. Harpal Singh
A hidden, tiny and extremely important part of India’s modern history will soon be revealed to the world once the translation of the Gunjala Gondi manuscripts is completed within the next week. The manuscripts, written in the extinct Gondi script, subsequently named the Gunjala Gondi script, were discovered in the sleepy village of Narnoor mandal in Adilabad district in 2011, leading to a whole range of possibilities, especially in historical research.
New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) Conventional wisdom has it that economic development can overcome the Maoist challenge. Now there’s another powerfull and emotive method – through the Gondi language spoken by the tribals in much of the Maoist corridor that runs across the country. What if all stakeholders involved in dealing with the rebels could speak and understand the Gondi language?