LEFT IN THE LURCH:Without residential right, Kols live a nomadic life next to silica mines without basic amenities.— PHOTO: BRIJESH JAISWAL Though the Kols are tribal, they are recognised as a Scheduled Caste in Uttar Pradesh in a measure that has deprived them of their traditional source of living, forest, leaving them landless, working in silica quarries and sand mines.
For over a fortnight i was smiling like a retard, as i watched debates on diff. patriotic News channels over #coalgate. The Hindu gives a very good insight in to the real question almost everybody has missed..
Baigas have answers to many other problems that confound modern systems. Storing seeds of pulses, for example. Baigas have a handy method to stave off a persistent bugbear of modern agriculture pests. An incision is made in the neck of a gourd, water is poured into it and the vegetable is hung for about a week. The rotting insides are removed and the hollow vegetable is then ready to store seeds of pulses.