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KOZHIKODE: “We now have been underneath quarantine 24×7 for many years, even earlier than the arrival of the coronavirus,” smiles Parappanpara native Raghu.
He’s spot on describing the extraordinarily disconnected life his neighborhood has been main since time immemorial. The 29-year-old is amongst 60 Cholanayaka individuals who stay in probably the most remoted and difficult-to-reach tribal settlement in Wayanad district — Parappanpara underneath the Moopainad panchayat.
Even after two waves of Covid unsettled lives throughout the nation, not a single particular person within the settlement has contracted the virus. That when Wayanad has had 4,318 optimistic instances within the second wave amongst its tribal inhabitants, 1,575 of whom are lively. The district has additionally seen six Covid deaths.
Belonging to the Primitive Weak Tribal Group, the Cholanayakas are fully cut-off from the mainstream and stay contained in the forest in excellent concord with nature.
“Not to mention Covid, I do not bear in mind anybody from amongst us going to a hospital for remedy. We now have our personal natural drugs within the forest. In truth, flu is our largest illness,” Raghu stated.
Rajesh Okay, the secretary of the District Authorized Providers Authority and a Sub-judge, remembers an incident when he visited Parappanpara final yr.
“I seen rashes on the brow of a Cholanayaka child. Once I requested the tribal chieftain about that, he smiled and replied that that they had their very own drugs for that,” Rajesh informed TNIE.
In line with Built-in Tribal Improvement Mission district officer A C Cheriyan, the Cholanayakas don’t need to come out of the forest nor do they like anybody intruding into their lives.
“They’re main a contented and wholesome life. Even deliveries occur contained in the hamlet. They feed on tubular crops, vegetable cultivation and fish within the Chaliyar river. As soon as in a month or so, they arrive out of the forest to the uphill Kadachikkunnu to promote the honey collected and to take the ration offered by the federal government,” he stated.
No human-wild casualty has been reported from Parappanpara both.
“Wild jumbos destroy their huts incessantly. When the forest division constructed a water tank for Cholanayakas, the pachyderms shattered it the very subsequent day. But, neither the tribe nor the elephants deal with the opposite as an enemy. They co-exist,” added Rajesh.
Native ward member Yasodha Chandran stated that two of the Cholanayakas have been administered the primary dose of the Covid vaccine and that they’re planning an unique vaccination camp quickly. The settlement is in mourning now because the tribal folks misplaced their chieftain, 74-year-old Cheriya Velutha, lately. He died following a cardiac arrest on Could 19.