V. Ball (1880) was chiefly struck in Netarhat (Latehar, Palamu and Gumla) by the iron work of Asur whom he considered to belong to the Munda family of the aborigines. S. C. Roy (1915) mentioned that the Asuras passed through the Neolithic into the Megalithic period when great numbers of cinerary urns under stone slabs in cemetries, as well as forts, indicate a long Msgalithic period or a large population, with artifacts belonging to the Copper, Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as bricks of the type used at Mohengodaro and in the Ashoka period (3rd century B.C.). Verrier Elwin (1942) suggested that the Agaria and Asurs are both descendants of a tribe represented by the Asura of Sanskrit Literature.
Our institution 'Asur Adivasi Wisdom Akhra' is a non-registered community organization which we established in May 2019. This is situated in Jobhipat village of Netarhat (Jharkhand). AAWA organization is run by a community council in collective leadership, in which many of the villages in the Netarhat region include community elders, village leaders and young people.
It has been said that the Asura lost their military prestige, industrial skill and their progeny was killed in great numbers. This struggle between the Aryans and the Asura is said to have dragged on for centuries. Those of the Asura who refused to be absorbed in the Neo-Aryan body politic were perhaps classed along with Rakshasas or demons.
We the Asur— traditionally been iron-smelters are residing in the hilly terrain of the pat area of Netarhat plateau including in the Latehar, Lohardaga, Palamu and Gumla districts in Jharkhand. We are still carrying out hunting, gathering and the tradition of the shifting cultivation. There was a time when we are co-existed with the forests, minerals and the skill of iron-smelting.
At present our only collaborator is Jharkhandi Bhasha Sahitya Sanskriti Akhra. With the help of which we are active in the area of Natarhat since the year 2006 for the preservation of our language, culture and ancestoral wisdom. But we need urgently many partners who can provide financial and material support to our organization.
Like other Adivasi communities, we are also the first nation in the world. We believe in coexistence, equality and peace. But our social, political, cultural and economic systems have been disrupted by external forces. Our first need to be aware, organized and united to overcome this crisis.
We Asurs are victims of so-called civilization and state violence. With this the existence of ours and the mother earth is in crisis. Our right to traditional self-governance have been abducted. With it the existence of ours and the mother earth is in crisis, which is determined to protect.
Asur language is one of the languages of the world, which are included in the list of UNESCO endangered languages Atlas. Our traditional knowledge of iron making has reached the brink of extinction from the attack by state sponsored alien culture.
Adivasidom is the most relevant and living tradition in all the social philosophies of the world known till now, which has been in practice for more than six thousand years. Our goal is to protect and propagate the core values of Adivasi worldview (Adivasidom).
Just like natural diversity is essential for the existence of our planet, so the social, cultural and linguistic diversity is the primary condition of human society to survive. Conflicts of cultures have always pushed the world into war. Adivasis believe that human diversity can play a big role in restoring world peace.
Our future lies in the ancestral wisdom and self-governance system, with the support of which we all are lovingly living in the proximity of nature. Where there is no space for individualism and profit-loss based market economy. By planting this knowledge in a new generation, we can create a better world.
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Asur have the world's oldest knowledge and very rich culture. But today they are battling for their survival. Their entire natural area remains the manor of Birla Company for bauxite mining. They need our immediate help.
Much misunderstood as a tribe since the Aryan immigration and emergence of Vedic literature, the Asurs of Jharkhand are now waking up to the threats to their language and identity. In the 1872 census — the first in preindependent India — Asurs came at the top of 18 tribes.
Surely, where iron is in the blood of a small tribe, efforts should be made to encourage it. The Asurs seem to have given it up when their forests came under official control. If this could be strengthen, they might take to their ancient craft again.
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