Dear Mr Bellie Jayaprakash,This is Pratiksha Ramkumar here from the Times of India, Coimbatore. I am doing a story on why Badagas feel they need the ST status……— First, why do you believe that Badagas deserve the ST status and all the benefits that come with it? Do you not believe that the Badaga community is way ahead in terms of access to education, healthcare and amenities compared to other tribes like Kothas and Irulas?— Todas have the ST status, how do you believe this has helped the community retain their unique culture and move forward economically?— Do you know any examples of reasonably affluent Badaga community members who flourished in the tea glory years but today has to find alternate livelihoods and careers because the tea industry is not doing well enough now?— Can you give me any examples which portray a real need for the ST status for the Badaga community?
The ‘HARD FACT’
The Nigiris, the famous tourist hill station, known as 'Naakku Betta' to the native Badagas, is indeed a Nature's gift and piece of Paradise on earth.
Unfortunately, the district does not offer many if not any job opportunities to the increasingly aspiring and educated youth. They have to go down to the plains like Coimbatore, Tirupur etc. And, in the bargain, many Badagas have relocated to the plains on a permanent basis.
Another unfortunate fallout is, with the falling price for unprocessed [green leaf] tea, Badagas have been selling their tea estates ['Thotta' to them], usually small holdings of a couple of acres as a sort of distress sale. The outsiders mainly from big cities are always willing to grab a piece of 'Paradise' as their holiday vacation destination.
Added to the misery is the exploitation by the 'middle men' who literally make a 'killing' in both selling of plots/houses in the plains for huge prices or buying the land [small tea estates] for a song.
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Bird or Flower?
Hakkilu Hoo [Bird Flower] found in the Nilgiri Hills