Port Blair, Nov. 24: The cyclonic storm ‘LEHAR’ over Andaman Sea remained practically stationary and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 24th November 2013 near latitude 10.00N and longitude 95.00E, about 300 km south-southeast of Port Blair. The system would move northwestward and cross Andaman & Nicobar Islands between Hut Bay and Long Island, close to Port Blair around night of today, the 24th November 2013.

It would then emerge into southeast Bay of Bengal, intensify further gradually into a very severe cyclonic storm. Lehar would move west-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Machillipatnam and Kalingapatnam near Kakinada around 28th November noon.

 Track and intensity forecasts of the system are as follows:

Date/Time(IST)    Position                 Maximum sustained surface          Category

(Lat. 0N/ long. 0E)                               Wind Speed (kmph)

24-11-2013/0830                10.0/95.0               65-75 GUSTING TO 85      CYCLONIC STORM

24-11-2013/1130                10.5/94.5               70-80 GUSTING TO 90      CYCLONIC STORM

24-11-2013/1730                11.0/93.8               80-90 GUSTING TO 100    CYCLONIC STORM

24-11-2013/2330                11.5/93.0               90-100 GUSTING TO 110  CYCLONIC STORM

25-11-2013/0530                12.0/92.2               100-110 GUSTING TO 120               SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM

25-11-2013/1730                12.5/90.6               110-120 GUSTING TO 130               VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM

26-11-2013/0530                13.0/89.1               120-130 GUSTING TO 140               VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM

26-11-2013/1730                13.5/87.6               130-140 GUSTING TO 150               VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM

27-11-2013/0530                14.4/86.0               140-150 GUSTING TO 160               VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM

27-11-2013/1730                15.5/84.5               160-170 GUSTING TO 185               VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM

28-11-2013/0530                16.5/83.0               170-180 GUSTING TO 195               VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM

28-11-2013/1730                17.5/81.5               120-130 GUSTING TO 140               VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM

29-11-2013/0530                18.5/80.5               70-80 GUSTING TO 90      CYCLONIC STORM

So far, 'The Hindu' and the 'Business Standard' have taken a stand for tribal peoples in India by correcting articles which labelled them as 'primitive'. © Survival International

The ‘Proud Not Primitive’ movement to challenge prejudice towards tribal peoples in India is celebrating a major success after ‘The Hindu’, one of the world’s largest English language newspapers, pledged to no longer describe tribal peoples as ‘primitive’.

Several journalists from renowned Indian publications have also endorsed the movement, including Kumkum Dasgupta of the Hindustan Times, Nikhil Agarwal of the Press Trust of India, and V Raghunathan of the Times of India.

Following complaints about an article which used the word ‘primitive’ twice to describe a Chenchu tribal man, The Hindu issued a correction and advised all reporters not to use ‘primitive’ while referring to tribal people. The Office of the Readers’ Editor recommended an ‘exercise of caution’ in this regard.

Sophie Grig, coordinator of the Proud Not Primitive movement, said, ‘This important success with The Hindu is just the beginning. We need to stamp out all use of this derogatory and dangerous language in reference to India’s tribal peoples. No media should be using these terms.’ 

Aakar Patel at The Express Tribune said, ‘I support Proud Not Primitive because we must rise above hurried judgment about cultures that are not our own’.

While the Indian government abandoned the use of ‘primitive tribal group’ to describe remote tribal peoples in favour of ‘particularly vulnerable tribal group’ in 2006, the phrase continues to be widely used in the Indian media.

The Hindu’s correction is the second major success of the Proud Not Primitive campaign. Following complaints by supporters of the campaign, the editor of India’s Business Standard apologised for the use of the term ‘primitive’ in an article in July, 2013, which has since been corrected.

Proud Not Primitive aims to challenge negative stereotypes which underpin discrimination and lead to the theft tribal peoples’ land in India. Thinking of tribal peoples as ‘primitive’ or ‘backwards’ assumes that their way of life is inferior and not part of today’s world. This leads to the notion that they should be ‘developed’ and ‘brought into the mainstream’, often with devastating consequences.

An elder of the Paniyar tribe in southern India said, ‘For us Adivasis [tribal people of India], every tree is like a house. That is what the forest is for us. We are not backward, it’s just another way of life.’

Sophie Grig added, ‘For tribal peoples’ rights to their lands and ways of life to be respected we need to change the way that people think, talk and write about them.’

Port Blair, Nov 21: The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh has conveyed his appreciation of the efforts made by the A&N Administration and the people of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in dealing with the impact of cyclone ‘Phailin’.  This has been conveyed to Hon’ble Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) A. K. Singh, vide letter dated 2nd November 2013.