A Summary Report-National Seminar on Social Structure of Tribal India

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A Summary  Report

National Seminar on

Social Structure of Tribal India: Concepts, Debates and Empirical Realities

(November 22-23, 2019)

 By Kanchan Bharati and Dhananjay Kumar

Anthropologists and sociologists have for long focused their studies on the tribal communities of India on their culture (sanskriti) comprised of ecology, agriculture, arts, crafts, dance, language, folklore religion, festivals, witchcraft and so on. However, studies of social structure (samaj) of the tribes have been relatively sidelined. Hence we have lesser knowledge of their groups, classes and categories, such as family and marriage, lineage and clan, the network of kinship and affinity and their political structure. During the 1960s some anthropologists/sociologists have initiated studies on the social structure of the tribals of eastern and central India. But not many studies have been done in the western part of the country.

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Summary:-National Seminar on “Suicide and Self-harm: Issues and Challenges”

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Brief Summary
By Kanchan Bharati & Dhananjay Kumar
Global and national scenario of suicide locate it as an important public health problem that needs attention and prevention. The problem is however difficult as the reasons for suicide are multidimensional. Moreover, the phenomenon is not confined to a particular region or community or to any given period, but its appearance varies from region to region and from time to time. Hence, there is a need to understand patterns and underlying courses that make people to end their life and to provide solutions such tendencies. With this in view, the Centre for Culture and Development (Vadodara) organized a two day National Seminar on “Suicide and Self-harm: Issues and Challenges”.

Summary:- National Seminar on Procedural and Substantive Democracy in India

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Procedural and Substantive Democracy in India (September 07, 2018)

By Dr. Dhananjay Kumar


Political scientists differentiate many types of democracies: representative, deliberative, participative, procedural, and substantive. This seminar took up the procedural and substantive types for deliberation: one related to the institutional, minimal, electoral democracy, and second, to the substantive or effective democracy. The former is viewed in terms of institutions of democracy, political parties and other associations or organizations, periodic elections, universal adult franchise, leadership, etc. It is rarely concerned with what happens beyond elections in the social space. Alternatively, substantive democracy is viewed in the light of its diffusions in various sectors of society, redistributive justice, human capabilities and entitlements (education, health, infrastructure, etc), social capital, associated factors of trust, values, and norms, civil society, human rights, and governance. However, in the Indian context, both types of democracy are complementary and interdependent. The successful functioning of the procedural dimension of democracy requires substantive democracy also.

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Summary:-National Seminar on Ecology, Environment and Religions

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By Dr. Kanchan Bharati

The relationship between man and nature is one of the most fundamental and most debated issues in the present day. Human beings are part of ecosystems, as well as its manipulators. We are dependent on, as well as responsible for the ecological health of the ecosystems we inhabit. The integrity and functionality of vital natural assets like forests, lakes, rivers, land etc., are increasingly being compromised in current times. Change in environment and ecology is more of a moral challenge. It calls us to examine how we use and share the goods of the earth, what we pass on to future generations, and how we live in harmony with interfaith traditions. With this vision, the Centre for Culture and Development (Vadodara) organized a two-day National Seminar on ‘Ecology, Environment and Religions: Key Issues and Challenges’.

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Summary:-National Seminar on Moving Towards an Equitable Health System in India: Key Issues and Challenges

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Health is a very complex phenomenon influenced directly or indirectly by several, known and unknown, factors.Understanding these factors is essential for equitable health services planning and effective treatment delivery. With these issues in mind, the Centre for Culture and Development (CCD), Vadodara, organised a two-day National Seminar on Moving towards an Equitable Health System in India-Key Issues and Challenges.