The Todas, a pastoral tribe who live in the Nilgiris mountain ranges, have long been the subject of umpteen studies and writings. Though their actual origins are shrouded in mystery with many theories having been put forward
The Todas, a pastoral tribe who live in the Nilgiris mountain ranges, have long been the subject of umpteen studies and writings. Though their actual origins are shrouded in mystery with many theories having been put forward,
such as them being one of the lost tribes of Israel or having descended from the Romans, the explanation that they are a Dravidian race of Scythian origin driven from the plains by Aryan invasions is the most generally accepted.
Catherine McMaster attempts to determine whether and to what extent the unique lifestyle of the Todas has been affected with the influx of modernity and how the Toda people themselves react to these inevitable changes In the Nilgiris mountain range of South India reside a number of traditional tribal communities. The Irula, Paniyam, Kota and Badaga people are some of the many tribal groups that inhabit the area, among whom the Toda community is the most remarkable.
Sarah Williams meets a fourth generation inhabitant of the tiny hamlet of Kailashpuram bordering Madurai city and discovers that the seemingly idyllic village faces a bleak future as villagers are forced to seek livelihoods elsewhere on account of the diminishing prospects for agriculture I suddenly found myself in a tiny village, bordered by mountains and trees. Herds of goats line the sparse fields and dirt tracks carry the occasional cyclist. I had reached rural Madurai, and could not believe the stark contrast to the bustling city.
Our journalists have different missions: write about Madurai, give information about what's going on, spread cultural information but they are also very keen to meet local people and share their everyday work and experience with them. They are in touch with local children and students in Madurai. They are organizing creative writing sessions in different schools. They are also preparing articles written with Indian students in universities.