In News: Around 40 Irula families, a semi-nomadic tribe, spread across Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu do not even have a community certificate or possess any official document to avail public services.
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- Over 72 years after India became an independent democracy, a number of people of the Irula community which falls under the Scheduled Tribe (ST) list and within 1% of the Tamil Nadu’s ST population, live without ever having voted in elections.
About Irula Tribe:
- Irula are a Dravidian ethnic group inhabiting the area of the Nilgiri mountains, in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, India.
- Irular live in two south Indian states – Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
- In Tamil Nadu they live in the Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Erode, Namakkal, Salem and Dharmapuri.
- In Kerala they live in the Palakkad district and Attapady and Walayar panchayats.
- People of Irula ethnicity are called Irular.
- Along with their knowledge in medicine, their skill at capturing snakes, especially venomous ones, is almost legendary.
- They are PVTG (Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group) in Tamil Nadu .
About Irula Language:
- Irula is a Dravidian language spoken by the Irulas who inhabit the area of the Nilgiri mountains, in the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, India.
- It is written in the Tamil script.