TRIBAL HERITAGE AN OVERLOOKED CHAPTER OF INDIAN HISTORY
Promode Kumar Misra
ISBN: 9789385161827, 9385161822
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Title: TRIBAL HERITAGE AN OVERLOOKED CHAPTER OF INDIAN HISTORY
Author: Promode Kumar Misra
ISBN 13: 9789385161827
ISBN 10: 9385161822
Pages etc.: 315p., demi
The book is a product of life
long research in Anthropology by its author. It provides a critique of
the concept of tribe and shows that there was never a distinct category of
tribe in India. The people now known as tribe have always been, like others,
part of the regional set up, of which forest have been
an integral part. In India forests were not simply vast stretches of wilderness
but also places for retreat, introspection, learning and storehouse of
resources. People who lived close to nature, supplied goods and services and
were building blocks of the great cultural community of India. Tribes have
values that are not only profound but also ultimate in sustainable development.
They maintained their identity and thus contributed to the diversity of India,
a key feature of its sustainability.
Realizing military, cultural, economic, religious
significance of elephant in India from ancient times, the author opens one of
the windows to show the role played by the forest dwellers in capturing and
domesticating it and thereby demolishes the view that they have been isolated.
All these facts have always been there but the students of tribal studies have
not been asking the relevant questions. They were 'digging gold' in trying to
validate arrogantly conceived cultural evolutionary ladder. Traditional
ethnographic focus on single communities ignoring the larger community, with
self-deceiving value neutrality has proved to be thoroughly inadequate in
understanding either the communities or dynamics of the emerging contradictions
being part of the larger system.
The author draws illustrative material from trijunction of the southern region of India, which is
environmentally heterogeneous, rich in natural resources and has been home of a
number of tribes highlighting the transformation scene, indicating the pressure
of'mainstreaming' in the highly unequal and
stratified universe of India.
Kumar Misra, was a National Fellow of Indian Council of Social science
Research. He was with the Anthropological Survey of India for about twenty-five
years. He was a Visiting Professor at Oregon University, Eugene ;University of
Mysore, Mysore: University of West Indies, St.Augustine;
Professor and Director Tribal Research Institute, Tamil University, Uthagamandalam, and retired as Professor of Anthropology
from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
He is author of 14 books and 136 academic
His main areas of research have been peripatetic,
forest dwelling populations in India and Indian Diaspora
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