With assembly elections likely to be held in Tripura before March next year, the Bharatiya Janata Party has gone creative with its depiction of Bharat Mata.
To woo the large tribal population in the state, the BJP, in its campaign material, has depicted Bharat Mata in the traditional attires of the state’s four major tribal communities.
The depiction is a departure from the usual portrayal of Bharat Mata clad in a sari and holding the national flag.
Eventually, the party plans to bring out such tribe-specific images of Bharat Mata for all the tribes in the north-east, the Indian Express reported.
Tripura’s BJP in-charge Sunil Deodhar told the Indian Express, ‘The idea is to counter the sense of alienation these tribes feel from the rest of the country. They too are a part of Bharat and Bharat Mata is theirs too. Each tribe has their unique culture and their unique dress, and we wanted to respect that.’
BJP leaders said that women who support the party wore traditional attires for the pictures.
‘Usually, at every BJP programme we have photographs of Bharat Mata, our founder Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and Syama Prasad Mookerjee. We will be using these tribal depictions of Bharat Mata, along with the one in which Bharat Mata is seen wearing a sari, because Tripura also has a large population of Bengalis,’ Deodhar told Express.
The tribal-dominated hilly areas of Tripura, according to the BJP, is key to success in the assembly polls.
Source- The Indian Express