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Darjeeling: In Search of People's History of the Hills

Dinesh Chandra Ray (Author) Srikanta Roy Chowdhury (Author)

History has always dealt with people, yet often gazing at the people from the perspectives of the non-people – colonizers, intruders, outsiders and the privileged elite insiders – who seem to have internalized the ‘mainstream’ perspective framed by the outsiders. In this context a group of scholars working on Darjeeling felt that there was a need for an inclusive people’s history of the Darjeeling hills. The present volume tries to fill this gap of the missing voices of the people of the Darjeeling hills and their cultures through re-writing inclusive history of society and culture from ‘below’, not only by de­coding the elements that are treated as tradition, but also the trans­formations in the realms of arts and ecology. For, the tribal-scape of the Darjeeling hills is not a static/frozen zone and the people (hence, the geo-space) are in continuous transition from traditional beings towards becoming neo-traditional. Accepting history as constantly ‘extra mural’ the objectives of the book are to focus on un­documented histories related to harmony, intimacy, belongingness and environmental care and thereby, interact the living with what is often projected as ‘dead’, by rejecting to abide by any given set of references as the final ‘scientific’ authentic and, thereby, opening up with other kinds of historical dialogue with the understated historical items that are accessible in Darjeeling. 

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Title Darjeeling: In Search of People's History of the Hills
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.01.2023
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789394262010
length 388p.,