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Schools successfully teaching Gunjala Gondi script in Adilabad, Telangana…

Gunjala Gondi script teaching has been recorded in a school in Telengana (report provided by CGNet swara

Schools successfully teaching Gunjala Gondi script in Adilabad, Telangana…

Todasam Devrao is calling from Gunjala village of Narnur Mandal, Adilabad district in Telangana and saying in Gondi that a review session was conducted for the teachers of 15 Schools where Gondi is taught. Academic monitoring officer, coordinators and Educational officers have attended to review and guide the teachers. Integrated Tribal Development trying to develop language skills to students from childhood and we are glad to say kids are rapidly learning. Devrao@9492128599.

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Many Tongues, One Script

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

Language barrier Gond tribals are spread across six states and each group has its own dialect, which is influenced by the regional language

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

Gondi manuscript translation to reveal Gondwana history

S. HARPAL SINGH published in The Hindu  20th January 2014 

The University of Hyderabad team interacts with the Gonds while translating Gondi manuscripts at Gunjala in Adilabad district on Sunday. Photo: S. Harpal Singh
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.

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He Gave Colour to a Fading Script

Staunch in his resolve to protect a people’s literature, art and culture, and armed with the desire to bring out their history, Jayadhir Tirumal Rao (63) and his team promoted the Gunjala Gondi script, which was on the brink of extinction. Jayadhir and his team, who gave it their all, including investing their own money, hope the script will enable about 60 lakh Gond tribe members, living in six states of the country, to narrate the stories of their lives and times. Continue reading

Legend of Kachchargadh

The fascinating story of how the Gond tribe came into being

As told by Motiravan Kangali to Aparna Pallavi published in Down to Earth 1st October 2014


This cave in Gondia district in Maharashtra fits the description of the Kachchargadh cave in the Gond legend (Photo by Aparna pallavi)

In the beginning, the world was populated by the Koyatur (born of the koya or womb—human beings). All humans had a common identity as Koyatur. Continue reading

‘Language is the only tool for expressing identity and culture’

‘Language is the only tool for expressing identity and culture’

Article by Aparna Pallavi – published in Down to Earth 1st October 2014

imageShubhranshu Choudhary is a journalist and is currently working on a Democratisation of Media project in Central Tribal India. In the course of his work he has developed world’s first Community Radio on Mobile phone called CGNet Swara. Choudhary was BBC South Asia producer for more than 10 years. He is winner of Google Digital Activism award 2014.

Motiravan Kangali is a retired bank employee, based in Nagpur. He has been actively involved with the political movements of the Gond tribal community in central India and is a well-known writer of popular books on Gondi language, script, culture, folk tales and history. Continue reading

Gondi language: victim of government neglect

Gondi language: victim of government neglect

Without active government support, a unique language, connected with the aspirations of the largest forest-dwelling tribal group in India, is unlikely to make much headway in resurrecting itself.

Story by Aparna Pallavi first published by Down to Earth 1st October 2014


The annual Kachchargadh festival and pilgrimage is one occasion when Gonds gather in Gondia district in Maharashtra to pay homage to their ancestors at the Kachchargadh cave (photo by Aparna Pallavi)

The 2011 census says that the total population of the Gond tribe in the country is 11,344,629.  The total Gondi speaking population, according to it, is 2,713,790. But according to Gond community leaders and observers, the actual numbers could be much higher, given the fact that huge concentrations of Gondi-speaking people are located in the Naxalite-affected areas of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh; in most of these areas, no census is taking place. Continue reading

Gondi language: A bridge to Maoist heartland?

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?

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Asuras? No, Just Indians

 A common Gondi and a venerable Ravana will hopefully forge a Gond cultural identity

A motley group of eight huddles together, discussing the best Gondi word for ‘drum’ animatedly. The group’s members span five states and come from as many as seven different professions, including farming, journalism and forestry. What unites them though is their ethnicity—they are all Gonds—and their purpose to generate a shareable Gondi lingua franca that, they hope, will help forge a common identity for their community. Dispersed across Indian states and further alienated from each other by the different varieties of Gondi language that have been influenced by locally dominant tongues, the Gonds today are a fractured lot. However, long marginalised as minorities, a proud majority in central India is finally pulling its act together. Continue reading