Published on - 22-Jul-2018
Madhya Pradesh has a significant tribal population with the main groups being Gond, Bhil, Baiga, Korku, Bhariya, Halba, Kaul, Mariya, and Sahariya. Dhar, Jhabua, and Mandla districts have a more than 50 percent tribal population. In Khargone, Chhindwara, Seoni, Sidhi and Shahdol districts, 30 to 50 percent of the population is of tribes. The diversity in the tribes across the state comes from differences in heredity, lifestyle, cultural traditions, social structure, economic structure, religious beliefs and language and speech. Due to the different linguistic, cultural and geographical environments, the diverse tribal world of Madhya Pradesh has been largely cut off from the mainstream.
During freedom struggle and especially with the introduction of Indian Forest Act by the British tribals revolted and rebelled. There was strong resistance from the Adivasi communities of present-day Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, and Bengal. Tribal Regions of Madhya Pradesh also witnessed several uprisings against the empire. Various incidents have been recorded in central India where tribals organized and protested against the British oppression.
In order to highlight the glorious history of tribals of Madhya Pradesh in freedom struggle and to reinforce their unforgettable contributions in Indian independence, a new museum is proposed in the premises of the Badal Bhoi State tribal museum in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.
The new building will house special galleries dedicated for tribal freedom struggle while sharing all common amenities and facilities with the existing museum. The design takes cues from the rich cultural legacy of Gond tribal habitats and translates it to complement the requirements of scale and program.