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People Should Learn to Maintain Gender Ratio from Tribals: Kovind

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said people can learn a lot from tribal communities where there was no gender-based discrimination and as a result, the sex ratio among them was better than the general population.

Stressing the need for educational development of tribal communities, he said education was the most effective medium for the progress of any person or community.

Addressing a state-level “Janjatiya Sammelan (tribal meet)” in Madhya Pradesh, Kovind said that in tribal societies, groups are given importance over individuals and cooperation is encouraged instead of competition.

“We can learn a lot from our tribal brothers and sisters. In tribal communities, stress is laid on unity-based societies,” he said.

To connect to the roots of humanity, people should adapt the values followed by tribals in their lifestyle, the President said. He also said that tribal communities are treasure troves of traditional knowledge. “I have been told that the Baiga tribe, which is one of the most backward tribes in Madhya Pradesh, has immense knowledge of traditional medicine and health care,” he added.

On the occasion, he unveiled the foundation stone for conservation work of Singorgarh fort and inaugurated the newly-carved Jabalpur circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). (Input: Agencies)

I Want to Fight for Poor, So joined BJP: Mithun

Kolkata: Actor Mithun Chakraborty joined the BJP on Sunday in West Bengal. After joining the party, he said the reason behind his move was his lifelong dream to help the poor and added that he is confident that the party will win the assembly elections in the state.

Talking to reporters, the actor said that only one party is helping the poor and if he wants to fulfil his dream, he must hold someone’s hand.

“You can me selfish or anything else. But the reason behind my selfishness is that I want to be with poor people, I want to fight for them,” Mr Chakraborty, 70, told reporters.

“Since I was 18-years-old, I had a dream that I will stay with the poor people, I will help them, I will get them their due respect,” the National Award winning-actor said adding that even his movies are also about this.

He also said the senior leaders of the BJP has made the party a great success in the state. He added that he is confident that BJP will win the Bengal elections that will be held in eight phases from March 27.

Saying that he has never been associated with any party before, Mr Chakraborty said that the Trinamool Congress had made him a Rajya Sabha MP and it was his “bad decision”.

Mithun Chakraborty quit the Trinamool within two years of his Rajya Sabha nomination after he was named in the Saradha chit fund case. He was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate on ₹ 1.2 crore he had received from the group as fee for becoming brand ambassador of a TV news channel the Saradha group financed.

He returned the money and quit the Rajya Sabha as well as the Trinamool Congress pleading poor health. (Input: Agencies)

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