In our podcast — O Foundation Conversations — we invite global leaders to discuss the diversity of societies, languages and cultures, and geopolitics and conflicts. Each episode looks at unique perspectives on such topics through intimate conversations. Through these conversations we also look through the lenses of marginalization and exclusion, and Openness (Open Culture, Open Knowledge, Open Access and Open Source).
Adivasis are the indigenous communities in India. There are 104 million Adivasis that speak a few hundred languages but only a handful of them have a access to media of their own. In this episode of O Foundation Conversations, our host Subhashish Panigrahi talks to Ankush Vengurlekar and Ashish Birulee of Adivasi Lives Matter, a platform dedicated to giving a voice to Advisi content producers. Shaped with inspirations from the Black Lives Matter movement, Adivasi Lives Matter provides training to many Adivasi youths on a regular basis who then create stories — text, audio and video. Even the hardship of COVID-19 lockdown has not stopped these content creators who are on a mission to promote their people, languages and cultures online. This episode is only a glimpse of the myriads of activities that Adivasi Lives Matter has been leading.
PRODUCER: SUBHASHISH PANIGRAHI
GUESTS: ANKUSH VENGURLEKAR & ASHISH BIRULEE
MUSIC: https://freesound.org/people/0ktober/sounds/188828/, https://freesound.org/people/16HPanskaBenda_Jonas/sounds/503635/, https://freesound.org/people/mahammed/sounds/444271/, https://freesound.org/people/Tr4ck3r/sounds/132382/, https://freesound.org/people/InspectorJ/sounds/411162/, https://freesound.org/people/pjcohen/sounds/414447, https://freesound.org/people/SamplingSamTheMarylandMan/sounds/468520/, https://freesound.org/people/swapnil_gt/sounds/255115/, https://freesound.org/people/quetzalcontla/sounds/458425/, https://freesound.org/s/173564/
1. Oxfam India. "Who Tells Our Stories Matters: Representation of Marginalised Caste Groups in Indian Newsrooms". https://www.oxfamindia.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/Oxfam%20NewsLaundry%20Report_For%20Media%20use.pdf
2. Rao, Aprameya. "The great Indian language trouble". Asian Age. https://www.asianage.com/age-on-sunday/091119/the-great-indian-language-trouble.html