Damoh (Madhya Pradesh): President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday said people can learn a lot from tribal communities where there was no gender-based discrimination and as a result, the sex ratio among them was better than the general population.
Addressing a state-level 'Janjatiya Sammelan (tribal meet)' here in Madhya Pradesh, Kovind said in tribal societies, groups are given importance over individuals and cooperation is encouraged instead of competition.
"We can learn a lot from our tribal brothers and sisters. In tribal communities, stress is laid on unity-basedsocieties," he said. "There is no discrimination between men and women, and that is why the sex ratio in these communities was better than the general population," he added.
As part of their lifestyle, tribals give the highest respect to nature, Kovind said. He said the lifestyle of tribals is simple where hard work is appreciated.
To connect to the roots of humanity, people should adapt the values followed by tribals in their lifestyle, the president said. He also said that tribal communities are treasure troves of traditional knowledge.
"I have been told that the Baiga tribe, which is one of the most backward tribes in Madhya Pradesh, has immense knowledge of traditional medicine and health care," he added.