A Chhattisgarh government programme to distinguish Adivasi weddings from Hindu weddings

What is the religion of the Adivasis? Are they Hindus, Muslims or Christians? Most Adivasis believe they are none of the above. They insist that they have their own religion and traditions. The Chhattisgarh Government has now officially accepted this stand of the Adivasis, reports Tameshwar Sinha

For a long time, different religions have been foisted on the Adivasis. In the last few decades, efforts to Hinduize them have gathered pace. Efforts are on to find ways to describe them as Hindus. Amid all this, the Chhattisgarh government has decided that the weddings of Adivasi couples under a government scheme will be performed in keeping with their traditions and rituals, and not in accordance with Hindu traditions and rituals.

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