About us

Tent society is an exclusive organization working for the community development of the Nomadic Tribes in Tamil Nadu for the past 10 years.

Besides the proliferation of Non-Governmental organizations like mushroom in Tamil Nadu, there was no one to care for the development of the Nomadic Tribes. Having learnt about the hapless condition of these nomads, a youth hailing from a Nomadic Tribal community namely Rajangam founded TENT Society to work exclusively for the development of his own community.

Over the period of years he moved himself to teaching profession and to encourage women leadership he appointed his wife Mrs.R.Maheswari as the secretary of the society and continues to support the activities with the same enthusiasm.


Mrs.R.Maheswari the secretary of the society, hailing from the same Nomadic community has conducted many rallies, processions and trainings for the development of these forgotten and neglected communities.

Through the dedicated and committed leadership, TENT has been working for the education of the Nomads for the education of the Nomadic children, providing non-formal education and awareness training to the women. As a result of her hard work she has identified various community leaders and various professional problems, livelihood problems of the Nomads. She has also taken strenuous efforts to document the profile of the communities and submitted memorandum to the concerned government officers at various levels and well-wishers of Nomads  and philanthropists.

Vision Statement

"To Educate and Empower Nomads to Ensure Human Rights".


Goals of the Organization

  • To promote education among nomadic children.
  • To protect the human rights of nomads.
  • To develop socio-economic condition of the Nomads.
  • To federate the nomads into a peoples movement at the state level and networking worldwide.
  • To help them to obtain community benefits, sanctioned by the government Welfare schemes.
  • To improve their capacity for ensuring sustainable community development.
  • To protect and develop the indigenous culture of the Nomads.

Past Activities

  • Offered educational support 54 children from Nomads
  • Running 5 evening study centers in same number of nomadic tribes settlements
  • Women self help groups, promoted savings and distributed loan assistances.
  • Running tailoring centre to enable the nomadic women to get alternative employment
  • Conducted several awareness trainings on health, human rights, SC/ST atrocities prevention act.
  • Offered legal supports while the innocent youths from nomads under police enquiry
  • Working for obtain S.T.Community certificate from the Government

 

 

Massive struggles of Nomads of Tamilnadu.

……a perspective.

Introduction:

The communal discrimination on the Nomads still prevails in India even after sixty of independence because of the foul plays of our politicians and complexity by the forward caste Indians.

These people have a tendency of mobility of their accommodations and shelters from one place to other due to their trades and customs. Hence people stamped them in terms of gypsies, migrants, Nomads, Itinerants, Aborigines and so on.

But historically gypsies are from Europe and Aborigines are from Australia. There are records of existence of Nomads even before the beginning of Neolithic age.

The two sectors are found as per available records namely “Hunting and gathering nomadism” and “Pastoral Nomadism”. But there are non-Pastoral Nomadism groups are largely seen in Tamilnadu due to migration. Some internal wars caused many people from Vijayanagaram, Mohemedian, Marathwada and British Rulers to be attracted to south India, specifically Tamilnadu. This had happened from 13-15 Centuries to 18th century

Pastoral Nomads were shepherds and they depend on rain and cultivating lands for survival. The other one “Pastoral Nomadism” maintained for their daily bread by earning through street plays and circus, besides foretellers, beating self by lashes, oracle predictors, snake tamers etc. Their main earning source was selling fancy goods. They earned for their daily bread by snake-play, catching of snakes and also even begging.

Promulgation of the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 commanded the Nomads with restriction to mobilize from a place to other often. British Rules and regulations controlled wandering and habitual wandering which lead the nomads to too many inconveniences.

In the same way Criminal Tribes Act 3 of 1911 & Act 6 0f 1924 made major changes in the life style of Nomads.

But in Tamilnadu the Nomadism exists since the stone age period till today, as a part of its culture and communal boundaries. Now let us discuss and evaluate categorically the socio-economic status of Nomads in Tamilnadu.