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MADHYA PRADESH-The Two Cultures in Bastar

to complete the building by spending the balance from his own pocket. Given these conditions it is difficult to see how the tribals of Bastar can progress in any measure. They continue to live largely in a forest based economy and 35 years after independence only a handful have received primary education. The administration is staffed almost entirely by North Indians whose ancestors migrated WEST ASIA to Bastar from UP and Bihar in the nineteenth century. The only communication between the two cultures is the relationship between exploiter and exploited. Yet in the present set up it is the local administration which is responsible for implementing the Central planners' blueprint for 'modernisation' in 'backward' areas. Can anything at all equated with 'progress' be achieved under such conditions? And is not a searching Central evaluation of actualities in the field long overdue?

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