LETTERS: Missing tribal people

In this technological world, we have already started missing a lot of things. There have long been talk and discussion on climate change that is now making an impact on the monsoon. First of all, I often wonder/doubt what happened to the rainbow – a beautiful phenomenon in the sky caused by rain and sunlight. To be frank, it has been long since I last observed the rainbow in the sky. I remember seeing the rainbow in the sky over my native areas of Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, India, on various occasions especially during my schooldays.

Ironically or unfortunately, is the scarcity of the rainbow something related to the climate change? And here comes my personal experiment on something amazing that everyone is missing now. For all of you, I herein recollect the fact that the tribal communities were once dense in South Asia, now they are almost nil if I am not wrong. I still remember the beautiful days of coming across those tribal people in my native areas of Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, India. As a schoolboy, then in the early 1990s, I was often astounded by the natural charm, the physique and the language style of the tribal communities. Those days they were often out on the street, selling their skill and technique like herbal medication – which is, for example, nowhere in sight now. They could even handle the snake bite cases, mostly venomous, without difficulty. Right now the responsibility falls on the head of the powers that be in matters of finding the missing tribal communities and setting up the habitation in the larger interests of those charming people.

P. Senthil Saravana Durai, Mumbai


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Theone Litan Abalos, Canada