Litterateur Devanoor Mahadeva said that with the dwindling of tribals population, tribals should not go for family planning.
Speaking at Kaadina Makkala Radio habba’ programme organised in Madikeri on Wednesday, he said the tribal population is on decline owing to health complications and attack of wild animals. There is a need to check dwindling of population among the tribals.
He called upon the tribals not to consume alcohol and become prey to the tactics of middlemen and also educate their children.
“The urban dwellers are engaged in harming nature. However, tribals live in harmony with the nature. Hence, they are the conservers of nature. The urban population should not consider tribals as uncivilised. They are also civilised individuals. Instead of branding them as ‘forest dwellers,’ it would be better to call them as tribals,” he said.
Madikeri AIR Deputy Director Indira Gajaraj said that tribals play a vital role in conserving nature.
Kodagu Jilla Budakattu Krishikara Sangha President Dobi said that tribals have not learnt their culture and tradition by attending schools and colleges.
They have learnt lessons while living amidst plants and animals.
Kodava Sahitya Academy former president Bacharaniyanada Appanna said that Kodagu is known for its culture and tradition.
Akashavani announcer Abdul Rasheed also spoke.
Members of Jenukuruba, Panjari Erava, Pani Erava, Deva Soliga, Poomalekudiya, Malekudiya, Kembatti, Meda, Kapala presented cultural programmes on the occasion. Antiques were exhibited at Gandhi Maidan on the occasion.