The symbiotic relationship between tribals and nature is well known. Nature itself is the source and guide for tribal institutions and way of life. Introducing optional faith and belief means forcing tribals on the verge of vulnerability. Nowadays, we might have heard about the incidents of religious conversion in the tribal heartlands across the world. In this issue “Religious invasion in tribal regions” you will understand the severity of impacts of religious conversion on the tribals way of life.
Importance of tribal institutions and traditions
It took thousands of years to evolve tribal culture at this point. Theirs culture is learning laboratory to understand the present civilization.
We know that the belief system and faith is shaped by the forces of nature.Unlike to modern civilization, theirs occupation is within the carrying capacity of nature. If we think about the medicinal knowledge, it is beyond imagination. In simple words, tribals are inseparable part of nature.
Tribals need supplements not replacement of religions
With the increased population and diminishing forests cover, a supplementary alternative is essential to maintain theirs livelihood. Health, nutrition, and employment issues are arising in the tribal heartlands since last decades.
At the same time, ethnic conflicts and incidents of exploitation are in the rise. Tribal demonstration and agitations are capturing the headings of leading newspapers.
Now, it is clear that tribals life is no more isolated as the various religious invasions in the tribal regions are on the rise, threatening the age old identity of tribals.
Outsiders penetration in the tribal heartlands
It is the duty of state to address the fundamental problems of tribals such as health, education, and employment opportunities to ease the life of real son of soil.
Failure of state is the opportunity for outsiders and necessity of tribals to welcome missionaries in theirs habitat.Tribals are taking helps of missionaries out of compulsion not according to will.However, tribal are paying heavy cost in the form of conversion.
“It is undeniable truth that the welfare activities are thoughtfully engineered and directed to induce innocent tribal to embrace theirs religion.”
Though the inducement of people by offering money or thing is the violation of right to freedom, but it is too difficult to trace such incidents in the vast population when people are not willing to open mouth. So, nothing is exception for the penetration of outsiders in the tribal heartlands.
Tribal habitat is the Battle ground of faiths duo to large scale religious invasion in tribal regions
The ongoing competition to convert the tribal is quite visible.Let it be missionary or sadhu, both are actively engaged in the tough competition to convince tribals to embrace new religion by sacrificing theirs own.
As per the reports of NGOs working theirs, missionaries are inducing by offering services and money, whereas, Hindu babas doing so with emotion or sometimes with threat.
Tribals are sandwiched very badly between two faiths in search of livelihood. They are paying heavy cost of life to sustain as a human. People are more worried about theirs faith and not the humanity for which the religions are created.
Tribal are on the verge of losing identity in search for livelihood. Tribal are too vulnerable to fall for any temptation. It is the state which is responsible to expose vulnerable tribals to the outsiders intention. Had it fulfilled its duty accordingly,the tribals would not have forced to lose both livelihood and identity.Earlier, they were fighting for livelihood, now, they to fight for existence. No doubt, it is the unwanted gift of socializing mission.