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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