Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Discovering the Mir tribe of Gujarat

The Mirs of Gujarat are a Muslim tribal community who are descendants of the Butt tribe in Kashmir Valley. They were nomadic, and now live in little settlements in the Rann of Kutch. Their housing conditions are relatively poor,-  temporary shanties with tarpaulin roofs. They make their living by selling hand made crafts- jewellery, keychains, beads to the tourists.

Those who talk about the progress should come and witness how some of these remote tribes fight to survive each day.

When I asked the guide about why the government hash't done more for them, his reply was that 'these people' are happy with their current state of living, though they have been offered homes with toilets and electricity. 

I find that a little hard to believe. Everyone wants to progress. Everyone wants a roof over their heads and their children to have an education. Or maybe I'm wrong.