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The Bhumihars: Caste of Eastern India

Sushil Kumar Sinha (Author)
Synopsis The Bhumihars" : Caste of Eastern India) deals mainly with the origin of this caste, its status among the caste hierarchy and hosts of other issues which this caste has to face in the present day situation, such as social, cultural, occupational status, etc; it also deals with the marriage system and social life and try to trace out its root in the past. Chapter on Caste and Politics and Caste and Education deals with different variables such as role played by this caste in shaping state politics as well as education. Which include some educational institutions set up by Bhumihars to spread education and make the caste fellow literate. Chapter on 'Bhumihar and Kisan Sabha' tried to establish the role of Bhumihars in Kisan Movement in the state during the freedom struggle and some main personalities related to it have been discussed. This caste is not only confined to the eastern parts of the country but castes akin to it are residing in different parts of the country. Out of which some of them have been discussed under the chapter 'Brahmarshi Samaj in India'. And last but not the least, changes that are taking place in this caste due to the factor of globalization and modernization has been dealt under 'Caste: Change and Continuity', with case studies. Some remedial measures have also been suggested to strengthen it for the betterment along with supplementary notes and glossary for easy understanding of terms used in this book.
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About the author

Sushil Kumar Sinha

Sushil Kumar Sinha (b. 1964) completed his B.A. (1984) from Patna College, Patna, and obtained his M.A. (1986) and Post-M.A. (1988) in Adult & Continuing Education from Delhi University, Delhi and another M.A. (1999) in Sociology from Ranchi University, Ranchi.  He has worked as Investigator in Research Wing of Doordarshan and has attended training in Research Methodology in Mass Communication at Bhubneshwar (1994), Hyderabad (2000) and IIMC, New Delhi (2002), presently (From' 2003) working as Research Officer in NCBC, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, New Delhi.  He has authored following books: a) Sociology of Media: Impact of Doordarshan on Tribals; b) Doordarshan: Vivid Aayam; c) Globalization of Indian Broadcasting; d) The Bhumihars: Caste of Eastern Indiqa; and e) Backward Classes of India: Various Dimensions.  He has also pen down articles in newspapers.  His area of interest is marginal groups and mass communication especially television.  He is currently working on Reservation in Central Educational Institutions for OBCs.

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A Reviewer - Bhumihar: A declining caste Jan, 01, 1970

An important caste of Eastern India, the Bhumihars have been in focus in 80s and 90s of last century for the Ranveer Sena, responsible for brutal dalit massacres in innumerable cases. The Sena comprosed solely of Bhumihars has brought massive damages to the caste in general. Their lands in districts, e. g. old Shahabad, Gaya, Patna etc. remained fallow for years; their daughters unmarried. The anti-Bhumihar forces was built up by the naxals and Maoists, mostly hailing from the dalits and their sympathizers. Rural as well as urban areas in Bihar, motives and objectives of the Bhumihars are viewed with suspicion, disrespect and hatred by everyone per se. Hardly anybody nurses any kind words for them. Viewed as always scheming, harmful and greedy for gains by others wealth and connection, Bhumihar is a dreaded by all other castes. Educationally they are well off. Politically Lalu Prasad clipped off their wings. Nitish Kumar has been suitably using them to his advantages, which the Bhumihars are extremely aware and hence deeply resentful. Last time he had threw out some ministers from his cabinet and Bhumihar were largest brigade to suffer as a result. By using his prerogative Nitishji has given most humiliating blow to their image as a caste, proud and self conscious. Can they overcome their feudal mentality? Has the book been able to focus on it? 

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Title The Bhumihars: Caste of Eastern India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186208372
length 200p., Tables; References; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.