MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: The Adivasi/Tribal communities in Gandhinagar and Surat came out in hordes on streets on Thursday to celebrate the International Day of World’s Indigenous People or Vishwa Adivasi Divas. Rallies were taken out in both the cities which saw active participation from young and old belonging to the community.

In the year 1993, the United Nations declared August 9 to be celebrated as International Day of World’s Indigenous People. The Gujarat Adivasi Vikas Sangh Gandhinagar celebrated this day by organizing a rally at the state capital from the Birsa Munda Bhavan-Gujarat Tribal Development Corporation building at Sector 10 to Babasaheb Ambedkar Hall at Sector 12. The participants marched in their traditional attire and tools of the Adivasis. The main objective of this celebration was to spread awareness regarding the fundamental rights of the tribals, their language, culture and history, their problems like poverty, lack of education, unemployment, child labour, and the community’s commitment to the protection of their dignity.

Cultural representation by the community in Surat

A large number of tribal community members participated in a similar rally organized in Surat too. They came in large numbers, dressed in their traditional attire, playing the traditional tribal music and performing their cultural dance. The participants of this mega rally came all the way to Surat from different districts of Gujarat.

The rally started off from Baba Ambedkar statue and passed through Maan Darwaja, Ring Road Majura Gate, Vanita Vishram, Athva Gate and District Seva Sadan, which finally ended at SMC Athva Party Plot near Umra Police station.

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