Tripura polls next, BJP’s Bharat Mata goes tribal

Eventually, the party plans to bring out such tribe-specific images of Bharat Mata for all the tribes in the North-East.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2017 4:46 pm
Idea is to counter sense of alienation among tribals:BJP

How is Bharat Mata depicted? Usually, wearing a sari and holding the national flag. But with Assembly elections likely to be held in Tripura before March, the BJP has come up with depictions of Bharat Mata in the traditional attire of the four major tribal communities of the state.

Eventually, the party plans to bring out such tribe-specific images of Bharat Mata for all the tribes in the North-East.

“The idea is to counter the sense of alienation these tribes feel from the rest of the country. They too are a part of Bharat and Bharat Mata is theirs too. Each tribe has their unique culture and their unique dress, and we wanted to respect that,” said Sunil Deodhar, BJP in-charge for Tripura.

In the first phase, four tribal communities — Debbarma, Tripuri/Tripura, Reang and Chakma, which together constitute 77.8 per cent of the total tribal population in the state — will be represented in the images of ‘Bharat Mata’, which will be displayed at party programmes.

State party leaders said that while Debbarma is also the surname adopted by the Tripuri/ Tripura tribe, it is the generic term used for Kokborok-speaking people of the state, and their “traditional attire has certain differences”.

Party leaders said women in their early twenties, who either supported the BJP or are party members, were photographed wearing their respective tribe’s traditional attire for the photographs.

“Eventually, we will come up with such depictions of Bharat Mata for each of the 300 tribes in the North-East,” said Deodhar.

“Usually, at every BJP programme we have photographs of Bharat Mata, our founder Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and Syama Prasad Mookerjee. We will be using these tribal depictions of Bharat Mata, along with the one in which Bharat Mata is seen wearing a sari, because Tripura also has a large population of Bengalis,” he said.

The tribal-dominated hilly areas of the state, according to the BJP, is key to success in the Assembly polls. In September, the BJP had approached the two major tribal-based parties of the state — Indigenous People’s Front of Twipra (IPFT) and the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) — to join the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).

The two parties, both united in their demand for separate statehood for Twipraland, have been the Left’s main opposition in the area for decades.

“Tribal areas, under the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, constitute about 68 per cent of the total area in the state. Tribals account for one-third of the total population, of which almost 80 per cent are in these areas. Their support is key to victory in the state,” said a state BJP leader.

Of the tribes for which the BJP has come up with tribe-specific depictions of Bharat Mata, the Tripuri or Tripura, at 5.48 lakh (2001 census), comprise 54.7 per cent of the tribal population. According to the 2001 census, Reangs are the second-largest tribal community in the state with a population of 1.64 lakh (16.6 per cent), while the Chakma population is 61,793 (6.5 per cent).

The total tribal population was pegged at 9.3 lakh, accounting for 31 per cent of the state’s total population of 31.99 lakh (2001 census).

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. S
    Samrat Debnath
    Nov 28, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    hoping to see golden days of development of Tripura for all people where the darkness of corruption by the dictators of the leftist have taken the peace of heart
    1. B
      Bharatiya Jokers Party
      Nov 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm
      Will do anything for votes!
      1. A
        Nov 28, 2017 at 11:45 am
        So for the next election in Kashmir, we except Bharat Ammi to be in muslim burkha as well ?
        1. M
          Nov 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm
          Yes,--your AMMI will be representing in covered BURQHA with only eyes seen like a ninja turtle,---Jai hind.
        2. B
          Nov 28, 2017 at 11:29 am
          how can Bharat be mata, bharat is the male name, hahahahahah please explain this to me, hahahahah this is RSS strategy, but they will fail to make India a Hindu Rashtra hahahahah RSS sided with British during freedom struggle, only Congress and other freedom fighters laid their lives to gain freedom from british., but RSS supported British, this is the real face of RSS, they are double mount snake hahahah
          1. M
            Nov 28, 2017 at 11:53 am
            If some one asked your mother,,---are you BIGBOSS MOTHER ??,----will it mean your mother is a man or BIGBOSS is a woman or a mixture of both BIGBOSS is a G-A-Y or your mother is a L-S-B-I-A-N---?????-----Jai hind.
            1. S
              Soma mitra
              Nov 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm
              Nonsense and Boring
          2. A
            Nov 28, 2017 at 11:15 am
            BJP - RSS has no right in saying Bharat Mata because they didn't parti te for the freedom of our Nation . They were absolutely against it and they licked the legs of their British Masters and they accepted their divide and rule policy
            1. R
              Nov 28, 2017 at 11:19 am
              Now we can look through their chaal .. it is so obvious.. Winning elections at any cost is their motto..then helping cronies by taxing aam janta and all in name of nationalism and communalism
              1. V
                Nov 28, 2017 at 1:47 pm
                RSS which is the offshoot of hindu mahasabha,many of the members of Hindu mahasabha including Lala lajpat rai,Vinayak Savarkar took part in Freedom struggle which costed Savarkar imprisonment under inhumane conditions,something which none of the so called Nationalists of the Congress party went through.Gandhi led the "Ahimsa" movt to save himself from the British crackdown, Indian Navy's mutiny preceded by Bose's tireless efforts and sacrifices of many freed the country but ironically Gandhi and Co took the credit for everything and entire machinery was made to clear off the Bose and the others from the history. RSS never "sided" with the British,their members on an individual basis continued to fight for freedom struggle and looking back at 60 years, freedom for the natives of this land,i.e,Hindus never came. You could try reading more from here: s: satyavijayi /role-rss-freedom-struggle-brilliantly-explained/
              2. Load More Comments