Best Foundation for Tribal Development in India - Ramnika Foundation


  • The President of the Ramnika Foundation extensively toured Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Bihar/Jharkhand, Gujrat, Punjab, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh/ Chattisgarh and the North East states. There she contacted Tribal, Dalit and women writers individually and collectively.
  • The Foundation organized many conferences, meetings and workshops of Tribal writers both independently and in collaboration with the Sahitya Academi Delhi and Ranchi, National Book Trust of India at Aizawl Mizoram, Kannad University Hampi, Denotified and Nomadic Tribes Association Bombay.

Conferences : 2002

A conference of Tribal writers was organized by Ramnika Foundation with the collaboration of Sahitya Academy, Delhi and was attended by Tribals from 9 states. This was the first conference of this nature organized at an all India level.

Resolutions passed:

  • Change the word “Jan Jati” to “Adivasi”.
  • Call an All India Conference in which the North Eastern States should also be represented.
  • A sub organization of writers and intellectuals from the Tribal community was formed and named ‘All India Tribal Literary Forum’. (AITLF). The Late Mr. Ram Dayal Munda (Ex VC, Ranchi University and Member of Parliament, Rajya sabha) was elected as President. An 11 point program was formulated by the AITLF with the viewpoint to guide tribal literary trends.

The agenda covered issues such as:

  • Adivasi identity, self reliance and self-respect
  • The reconstruction of Adivasi History
  • The Portrayal of Adivasis in Literature and mythology especially in Indian Literature and Scriptures denigrating them
  • The Place of women in Adivasi culture and their share in property
  • The Recognition of contribution of Adivasi’s in the making of Indian Culture and History
  • The Restoration of basic civil and constitutional rights to De-notified, nomadic tribes
  • Research on ways to up-lift and develop specially neglected primitive tribes.
  • The Translation of Tribal literature for communication, dialogue and integration
  • The Impact on Tribals from the destruction of jungles and acquisition of land for development
  • The Impact of globalization on Tribal.

Resolutions passed

  • writers should concentrate their writings on these 11 points
  • The office bearers of this Forum would be nominated only among the Tribals and the Foundation will act as a co-ordinator.
  • A conference of De-notified and Nomadic Tribes was organized in New Delhi by the Foundation on 31st August 2002 with the collaboration of The Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Delhi and the All India D-notified and Nomadic Tribal Association, Mumbai. This conference was organized to mark the Golden Jubilee of their liberation.
  • A conference and working committee meeting of the AITLF was held in Bombay. In this conference Tribals representing the Southern States and Madhya Pradesh participated.
  • A Regional North East conference of the AITLF was also organized on 21st December 2002 at Gowahati, which was inaugurated by the Speaker of Assam Legislative assembly. Six resolutions were passed at this conference.

Some Resolutions passed

  • Request the Central Government to provide sufficient funds to translate literature, both written and oral, of Tribal languages into Hindi.
  • Prepare a bibliography of Tribal writers.


An AITLF regional conference of southern states was held on 18th and 19th January 2003, at Hampi, Karnataka with the collaboration of Kannada University. The then Vice Chancellor of Kannada University presided over the conference. All of South India was represented including Kota and Toda Tribals from Tamil Nadu. Several issues were discussed several resolutions were passed.

Some Resolutions passed:

  • To set up a study and research department for Tribals in universities of each stat
  • To establish Tribal universities in other states.
  • Ramnika Foundation would hold a conference of Tribals from all over India to which the President of India be invited.


A conference of Eastern Zone of All India Tribal Literary Forum was organized and held on June 9th and 10th, 2004 at Ranchi (Participant States: Jharkhand, Bengal, Orissa and Bihar).


As resolved in the 2003 conference, an All India Adivasi Conference was held at Ranchi from 26th to 28 April. This conference was organized by Sahitya Academy with the help of Ramnika Foundation and AITLF. Writers of 27 Tribal languages besides Hindi were represented at this conference.

Issues discussed in the conference were

  • Questions of identity in Tribal language, culture and literature
  • The Portrayal of Tribals in literature and mythology
  • Tribal oral and contemporary literature
  • The Status of women in Tribal culture and literature
  • The Future of Tribal literature

General Recitations of poems and readings of short stories and folktales in Tribal languages and in translation were held.


The Foundation got the literature of Tribal writers that was written in various Tribal languages, Scheduled languages and English translated into Hindi and published it.

List of publications

  • Aadivasi Swar and Nai Shatabdi – Part I - Short stories, poems, folklore, novel excepts, memoirs, critical analysis, plays, stories of Tribal Heroes and legends etc. in Hindi. (Nine Tribal and Scheduled languages translated into Hindi).
  • Aadivasi Swar and Nai Shatabdi – Part II – Articles written by Tribals on the following issues– education, language, script, history, status of women, stories of valor and interviews of Tribal writers etc. in various Tribal and scheduled languages.
  • Adivasi Lok Khand I – (on Tribal Identity) - Articles by various Tribal writers including Tribal writers from North Eastern states.
  • Adivasi Lok Khand II – (on culture and beliefs) – Articles by various Tribal writers including Tribal writers from North Eastern states.
  • Adivasi Shorya aur vidroh (1st and 2nd editions) – Stories of Tribal Heroism and Revolts against the British imperialists and exploiters, written by various Tribal writers of India from North Eastern states and others. In the 2nd editions some new writers contributed their stories.
  • Adivasi : Vikas se visthapan – Articles by Tribal writers from North Eastern states and others on displacement and migration.
  • Adivasi: Sahityik yatra – Articles by Tribal writers 11 Tribal languages on the history, development and status of contemporary and oral literature.
  • Adivasi Kaun – Articles by Tribal writers in Tribal languages all over India on the definition of “who is a Tribal”.
  • Purvottar ki Adivasi Kahaniyan – Short stories in 13 North Eastern Tribal languages from 8 North Eastern States.
  • Purvottar: Adivasi srijan mythak avum lok kathayen – Creation myths and folk tales in 15 North Eastern Tribal languages from 8 North Eastern States.
  • A Biblography of 105 Tribal Writers of the North Eastern States was published in Hindi and English.

Articles translated into Hindi and published in YUDHRATH AAM ADMI:

  • Purvottar ka Adivasi swar – Vichar Khand – Articles on 12 issues effecting Tribals and myths written by Tribal writers of 7 North Eastern states in 13 Tribal languages, English and Assamese.
  • Akhil Bhartiya Adivasi Vishesh Ank 80 – Verbatim report of the proceedings of the All India Adivasi Conference held at Ranchi on April 26th to 28th, 2005.
  • Purvottar ka Adivasi srijan swar – Short stories, poems, folklore, novel excepts, memoirs, critical analysis, Plays, stories of Tribal Heroes and legends etc. written by Tribal writers of 8 North Eastern states in 13 Tribal languages, English and Assamese.


Today the Foundation has translated various literary works from the following languages to Hindi and further plans to research and document the historical and literary material in both oral and written forms from these languages into Hindi and from Hindi to English.

  • Region : Kudux, Ho, Mundari, Pahadiya, Santali, Khadiya, Bengali, Lepcha, Oriya.
  • North-East : Assami, Karbi, Bodo, Kokborok, Bangla, Chakma, Mizo, Angami, Aao, Tenyidie, Apatani, Adi, Bhutia, Lepcha, Meitei, Paite, Khasi, Jaintiya.
  • Central India : Chhattisgarhi, Halbi, Gondi, Bhili, Hindi.
  • India : Marathi, Bhilori, Gondi, Gujrati, Rathwa, Rajasthani, Bhili.
  • Southern Region: Kannad, Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam, Konkani