Tribal students formed a 25-kilometer-long human chain here on the occasion of World Human Rights Day on Monday.
Around 20,000 children of Odisha's Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) formed the chain.
Founder Secretary of KISS, Achyuta Samanta, said it is apparently the longest human chain across the world
"Today is the international Human Rights day, so our children have kept the theme 'Human Chain for Humanity' and KISS is a house for 20,000 poorest of the poor indigenous tribal children. So, they want to observe this International Human Rights day and they have made this human chain completely in 25 kilometres, spreading over the entire Bhubaneswar and this is a very unique thing done by our children and it is supposed to be the longest human chain by indigenous children in the entire world." said he.
The children held hands to form the human chain that covered almost the entire city of Bhubaneswar and carried placards and banners along.
It was on this day in 1948, that the General Assembly of United Nations had adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Odisha's Health Minister Damodar Rout said the purpose was to spread the message that tribals are the first citizens of this country.
"Nearly 20,000 tribal girls and boys, those who are being imparted education in KISS campus; they have started this human chain. The purpose is to tell the outside world that the tribals are the first citizens in this country, with following the theory of evolution. Those who are claiming that they are developed, urban, modernised, they are forgetting their origin is from tribal spaces." said he.
Children also performed traditional dance and the function was attended by various ministers and academicians. (ANI)