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Thatscricket - News - Young tribal king adores cricket stars

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2001, 20:45 [IST]
 
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"The king conducts all religious rituals, settles land and matrimonial disputes, besides being the guardian of the Tiwa people. He is a highlyrespected person," Annaram Bordoloi, a minister of the little king, said. "Of course, the institution of kingship does not have any legal validity under the Indian Constitution, although for the people here the king is the ultimateauthority".There are traditional kings among other ethnic tribes like the Karbi, theKoch Rajbonsis and the Bodos in Assam, besides the Khasis, Jaintias and the Garos in neighboring Meghalaya state.The king's family survives on a mere pittance in the form of offerings incash and kind from villagers, as has been the custom. "We get some rice from the villagers as a token of gift to the king, besides the people take care of his educational expenses," the queen mother said.Though living in virtual penury, the king and his family take pride in the fact that they are the torch bearers of the Tiwa tribe, which looks to them for help and guidance. A majority of the Tiwas worship the Hindu fire god Agni."I am confident of executing my duties as a king like my father did during his lifetime," Dipsing said as he prepared for school lessons squatting in his courtyard.India Abroad News Service

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