Nagpur: When effigies of ‘Ravan’ were being burnt to celebrate Vijayadashmi on September 30, Gond tribals in Gadchiroli and some parts of Chhattisgarh were busy in offering prayers to their ‘great king’.A large number of gram sabhas came together to offer prayers to ‘Ravan’ in Surjagad, Kamalapur, and Korchi of Gadchiroli.“Ravan was a great king of Gond tribals. But the people, who practised Brahmnic culture based on hegemony, vilified the history of Ravan to show themselves as great warriors,” said Mahesh Raut, an activist from Gadchiroli.Tribal organisations and village bodies have petitioned the government to stop the practice of burning Ravan’s effigies, but it is yet to act on their demand, he said.Mr. Raut claimed that 70 village bodies in Surjagad, which has been witnessing a protest against the mining, came together under the leadership of zila parishad member Sainu Gota to offer prayers.Tribal organisations and groups, including Tribal Students’ Organisation, Gond Society of Korchi, Gondwana Gotul Sena, Parakrami Gond Raja Ravan Sangh, Buddhist Society of Korchi, and the Halbi Society organised prayers in Korchi.
Ginebra’s Joe Devance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoe Devance heaved a sigh of relief after getting a short break from defending the heftier Joshua Smith Thursday night.Smith played just nine minutes before complaining on a pain on his right foot, forcing TNT to go all-Filipino from the midway point of the second quarter to the end of the game.ADVERTISEMENT “Just the minutes that I had on him was tough. He’s huge, he’s the biggest player I played, by far,” said Devance, who was tasked to battle Smith for the series.Without the hulking reinforcement, Ginebra ran away with a 125-101 win to take Game 3 and avoid a sweep, extending the series to another do-or-die Game 4 on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDevance also took advantage of the chance as the veteran forward had much more gas to contribute to the cause of the squad and finished with 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the victory.But he hopes nothing but the best for Smith, saying: “He’s a great player, he seems like a great guy, and he plays well in their system. I heard he got injured. I hope it’s nothing serious.” Regardless of the situation surrounding TNT’s reinforcement, Devance believes that the Gin Kings were just the better team in Game 3. “I think we played a lot better and I think we’re more prepared today. In both games, we had chances to win the game and I just think we had mental lapses. Today, we kind of manned up, had each other’s backs, and played a lot better,” he said.Devance is looking to ride this wave of momentum going to Game 4 on Saturday, where he expects a loud Cuneta Astrodome crowd to back Ginebra in the do-or-die tiff.“It’s rowdy at Cuneta and it’s always for us. But we just got to go out here and get this next game,” he said. “I’m not worried about Game 5, I’m worried about Game 4. We got to get this Game 4, play harder, play smarter, play together, and we’ll see what happens.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES NBA: Warriors spend $150K on champagne at nightclub after title win View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage