The nomadic tribes and banjaras never live at one place and keep on traveling from one place to the other. Since they do not have a stable life, the advantages of being a citizen of the nation do not reach such people or tribes. Ghumantu Community is one such group that is unaware of the right to vote and its importance.
Community Without Right To Vote
Indian democracy has completed 72 years and even then there are groups and tribes that are far away from exercising their basic rights. The Ghumantu Community in Rajasthan forms 8% of the population of Rajasthan. The homeless community keeps on traveling to far distances in search of work and food.
Over the years, the Election Commission of India has been trying to promote the importance of the right to vote across India through various advertisements and promotional messages.
That is why knowing that there is a tribe in Rajasthan like Ghumantu Community that has been living the same nomadic lifestyle over the centuries without any change sans any right to vote is a bit unbelievable.
Since the community is constantly traveling the third half of Ghumantu people do not have any government official papers that are a must for registration.
Away From Polling, Away From Government Benefits
Apart from polling, the Ghumantu Community is also way from deriving benefits from all the government schemes that they have a right to as the citizens of India. Importantly, the community does not have a voice or standing in the society, hence they are not treated as a vote bank by the political parties.
That can be one reason why they have been neglected even after independence. Most of the population of the Ghumantu Community is found roaming in the districts of Bhilwada, Chittorgarh, Banswada, and Dungrupur in Rajasthan.
The government does not have any record about their population although it is believed that there are around 32 casts of Ghumantu.
It is really distressing to know that as India moves forward in technology and science, 98% of the Ghumantu Community still lacks any authorized place to live.