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General Convention of
All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AATWA)
in collaboration with Deori Tribal Welfare Association (DTWA)

The general convention of All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AATWA) in collaboration with Deori Tribal Welfare Association (DTWA) was held on 10th Nov. 2013 at Mahadevpur Village No. 1, General Ground, Arunachal Pradesh. The general conference was also witnessed by delegates came from Deori Autonomous Council Chief Bhairab Deori, All India Deori Youth and Student Association advisor Kiranban Deori, Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM) Patron Sotai Kri, Mishing Elite Society general secretary K. Norrow, AAPTWA Chief Patron Bida Taku, Panchayat leaders and Gaon Burahs of both Mishing and Deori From Lohit District.

 


Speaking to more than 3000 general public the president of DTWA Mr. Rajiv Deori describing about the age old history of Deori tribe and it existence since 13th Century in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. He pointed out having Copper Temple, Deopani, and the various books published in 18th century by the British Govt. are the major physical evidences in favour of Deori tribe. The four major clans of Deori were belongs to the rivers that flows under Arunachal Pradesh. He briefed the story of 13th Century when Deoris were living in Mishmi Hills and existence of same tribe in different states.


President (DTWA) Mr. Bhubneswar Deori highlighted the current situations and the problems faced by the Deori youths. The ignorance was started form last 40 years when the Deori childrens were barred from issuing free books and schools dresses then restriction in School Hostels after that withdrawal of ST in the year 1991 and now by stopping PRC. Presently our tribe is in the stage of extinct. He also requested the people not to put vote until we get ST and PRC.


Mr. Simanta Deori, Asstt. General Secy. said we have our local Gaon Burah and ZPM, we have our own land here but non issuing of ST is makes no sense and its like harassing us. He urged Deori Autonomous Chief (DAC) to talk about the matter with CM of A.P. and also requested AAPTWA members to put strong steps to get back the status back.


Mr. K. Narah, Mishing Elite Society (MES) praised the movement and said that today’s General Convention will add to the history of Deori community. Deori Peoples were safeguarding the boundary between Assam and Arunachal in a very peaceful manner from last 30 to 40 years and instead of rewarding the government strip their tribal status; this is injustice. Today we are here not to blame someone but to claim what actually belongs to us and he requested to public to give their full support to join the cause.


Mr. Kiran Ban Deori, Advisor, All India Deori Youth and Student Association (AIDYSU), recalling the last meeting of AIDSU in Mahadevpur twenty years back. He said, present living is not a problem but we have to think for our coming generation, what will be their future? He also requested the peoples of Mahadevpur to learn the Deori dialect as soon as possible so that nobody can point us in the subject of language. Presently Deori people living in Arunachal are like a football for the dirty politicians therefore, he requested AAPTWA to pick the race and convince the Govt. of A.P.to come for helping hand. He claimed that the next protest will be not in the ground but on the open road and he also put stress on the individual responsibility towards own rights. Lastly, he raised the slogan "NO ST NO REST".


Mr. Bairab Deori, Chief, Deori Autonomous Council (DAC) praised the steps taken by the DTWA and he said, this is the right time to showcase our age old history in front of all other tribes. He also assured to meet the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on 5th Dec. 2013 about the matter and hope for fruitful result. He also requested the people that, this is the time to get up and cooperate in the struggle to achieve our goal because this is the constitutional right and we must claim it. He assured all of his possible supports will always be there for the association and for the Deori people of Arunachal Pradesh.


Mr. Tapa Ruji, General Secy. (AAPTWA) : Refugee, ST and PRC are the most burning topic in Arunachal Pradesh, so he requested every tribal union under Arunachal to think globally as we all are citizen of India and show respect of brotherhood and make helping hand if the other tribe in trouble. Further he said, it is his responsibility to give protection and safeguard to the different tribal groups under the border of Arunachal Pradesh. He said that he had already put memorandum to different Govt. Departments and pressuring the government to go through the Cabinet Note and he will not rest till Deori get ST status. He had given the example of Gujarat, Haryana, Orissa and Assam where the people living with dual ST status. he said "If the Govt. cannot give the ST to Deoris then to separate the boundary and add Mahadevpur to Assam boundary. He assured that he will get the result before MLA election 2014.


By: Mukut Deori (Drafting Committee)

Facts of Deori


The Bor Deori is the most respected person in the village

Patorganya – undisclosed missing among Four Groups

Only the people of Dibongiya class can speak their own mother tongue

In 14th century A D. The Deoris were royal priests of The Chutiyas Kingdom

The Deoris are believed to have come to Sadiya before the first century

The Deori people believe in `Kundimama` which is the supreme power.

The Second Marriage in Deori Tribe is called "Suje Luguba"

The Deori Tribe of Assam came to India via Tibet and Burma

Each village of Deori people features a place of worship called ‘Deo-ghar'

The Deoris are divided into 24 clans.

The Deoris proudly introduce themselves as Jimo-Chhayan, meaning they are the children of the sun and the moon

Deori's use to make a Narbali (human sacrifice) in terms to win the war, battle and to prevent the villagers from the evil atmosphere like floods, drought etc. This practice make them pure owing to satisfy the supreme Goddess. Only the class of Patorganya people were eligible for sacrificing.

The Deoris women have no tradition to put sindur in their forehead as a mark of married women.

Deoris belonging to the Tengaponia sub clan do not take mutton or flesh of goat as it is forbidden according a legend clan.

The term "Deori" appears to be a later coinage derived from "Deva" which means a God.

Deori is a plain tribe of Assam, the worshipper of Kundimama (Kundi - Siva, Mama - Parvati)from ancient time maintaining their own custom and tradition.

According to 2001 census the total revenue villages of Deori in Assam are 133 and their population are 2,45,000.