For the first time in Attappady’s history, a tribal chieftain was elected through the democratic process on Sunday. K K Balakrishnan was elected as the chief (Oorumooppan in local parlance) of the Kavundikkal hamlet of Irula tribespeople after a meeting of the entire hamlet convened by a senior revenue official. The post had been vacant for the last 20 years, though unofficially many tribal leaders had held it for short durations. A daily wage worker, Balakrishnan (48) will be taking on the role once carried out by people like Kiluya Moopan, one of the most renowned and respected chieftains of the region. The election was organised by P B Nooh, Sub-Collector of Ottappalam who during his visit to the Kavundikkal hamlet had found that the post of chieftain was vacant. According t...Read More...
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