Chharanagar, a small ghetto of DNTs was once situated in the outskirts of Ahmedbad. Now as the city grows, chharangar has become a part of the Metropolitan city. Chharas, the poeople residing in chharanagar are still living with the stigma of Criminal Tribes, the one which British gave them in 1871. Mahasweta Devy says,"There are two birth year for a child born to any DNT family." One is the real birth year and the other one is 1871, in which the Criminal Tribes Act was passed to 'Rehabilitate' tribes like Sansi(Also known as chhara, aadodiya, kanjar, kanjarbhat, manesh and bhedkut),Daffer, Vaghri, Bhamta(Also known as kaikadii) etc. There were around 191 such tribes that were forced to live in the such settlements.
Chharanagar is now situated near one such settlement. The people of Chharanagar are still fighting for their identity. The yougsters are still deprived of jobs. Even in such situations, a wave of positive change is blowing in chharanagar. That is because of some of the concerned citizens and Mahasweta devi, the lady who came out strogly on the issue of Denotified Tribes.(DNT).
But still there is lot of work to be done in chharanagar. keep watching this blog to have information regarding Chharas and DNTs.