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Why Indian tribals are Demanding a Separate Religious Code

They made up 8.6 percent of India’s population in the 2011 Census, total of 104 million people.

It has been notice b the government that tribal people in five states, including Jharkhand, Odisha, and Assam, are demanding to be recognized as “Sarna” Separate Religious in the upcoming census.

They claim that the government needs to recognize tribal people’s right to follow their religion and follow their religious customs and rituals.
They claim that the government needs to recognize tribal people’s right to follow their religion and follow their religious customs and rituals.

What is Sarna religion?

Those who follow Sarna practice a form of nature worship. Because of their devotion to “Jal, Jungle, Zameen,” its adherents revere nature and actively work to preserve forested regions by worshipping trees and constructing sacred hills.

There are 32 different tribal communities in Jharkhand; however, 8 are considered to be in a high-risk category.

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What is the demand for a religious code?

The state legislature of Jharkhand passed a proposal in November 2020 asking the federal government to recognize Sarna’s as a religious minority and assign them a unique identity in the upcoming census.
As a result of having a unique identity, their population can be tracked more accurately across the country.

What are the Politics around the demand?

More than 4% of the population of Jharkhand are Christians, the majority of whom are tribal.

In 2013, a statue was built in Singhpur portraying Mother Mary dressed as a tribal woman, equipped with a sari, a bun, and bangles, while she carries Jesus in a basket. This triggered the demand for a new law.

Tribal Communities in India 

Scheduled Tribes (ST) include any tribe, tribal community, or subset thereof publicly designated by the President. They made up 8.6 percent of India’s population in the 2011 Census, total of 104 million people.

Written by reporticnews

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