Tripura Royal Scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma Advocates for Indigenous Rights

Northeast Desk, 27th February: Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma, the former Chairman of Tipra Motha and scion of the Tripura Royal Family, expressed concerns on Tuesday regarding the neglect of indigenous people in Tripura by the Indian government, emphasizing that inclusive development cannot be achieved without their inclusion.

Speaking to reporters during an inspection of preparations for an indefinite hunger strike scheduled for February 28 at Hatai Kotor (formerly Baramura Hills) in Tripura’s West District, Debbarma underscored the importance of prioritizing the indigenous community over politics and party affiliations.

Debbarma highlighted the potential benefits that initiatives from the Indian government could bring not only to Tipra Motha but also to the broader Tiprasa (indigenous) population. He emphasized the significance of education and land rights for indigenous people, noting that around 95 percent of them are landless.

Asserting his commitment to securing benefits for his community, Debbarma pledged to continue advocating for indigenous rights until his last breath. He emphasized that his motivation stems from a desire to serve his people rather than personal ambition for political positions.

Debbarma called on the Government of India to recognize the importance of indigenous inclusion in the nation’s development agenda, stressing that the principle of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas” (Development for All) cannot be realized without considering their needs. He urged the government to provide written assurances to address the concerns of the indigenous population.

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