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People of India: Meghalaya

K.S. Singh (Editor) Arabinda Basu (Editor) Shibani Roy (Editor) B. Pakem (Editor)
Synopsis The Anthropological Survey of India launched the People of India project on 2nd October 1985 to generate an anthropological profile of all communities of India, the impact on them of change and the development process, and the links that bring them together. Meghalaya, the beautiful ‘abode of the clouds’, and the various aspects of its culture and society, including the unique institution of matriliny, has long fascinated administrators, travellers, anthropologists and other scholars. Extensive work has also been done on many tribal communities of Meghalaya and facets of its culture. However, it was only under the People of India project that the first comprehensive ethnographic survey of all communities was undertaken in all its aspects, cultural, linguistic and biological. The last aspect was covered through the extension of the All India Anthropometric Survey, the data of which, supplemented by secondary material are still analysed. Out of 25 communities covered by this Survey, 15 are scheduled tribes. These include smaller tribes (14), who are mostly migrants from neighbouring states. There are non-tribal communities who have migrated to Meghalaya to perform a number of roles as traders, businessmen, shopkeepers, labourers etc. Dr K. S. Singh retired as Director General of the Anthropological Survey of India. Dr B. Pakem is Professor, Political Science, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Dr A. Basu was Superintending Anthropologist at the North-Eastern Regional Centre of the Anthropological Survey of India in Shillong. Dr Shibani Roy was Anthropologist at the North-Eastern Regional Centre of the Anthropological Survey of India in Shillong.
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About the authors

K.S. Singh

K.S. Singh, a senior member of the Indian Administrative Service spent many years serving among and studying backward communities in central India. He held several important assignments including the directorship of Anthropological Survey of India. Author of the well known work Birsa Munda and His Movement in Chotanagpur he edited a large number of books on Indian tribes. He was general editor of the multi-volume People of India series of Anthropological Survey of India. He died in 2006.

Shibani Roy

Shibani Roy was born and brought up at Delhi. Her schooling had been at the Lady Irwin School and Post-School studies from Miranda House. She received her B.Sc. (Hons.) Degree in Anthropology in 1967 and Master Degree from the same Discipline specializing in SocialAnthropology. After a year of research work in the field of "Consanguinity among Muslims of North India", she joined department of Anthropology as a Ph.D. student in 1970 and was awarded the Ph.D. Degree in 1976. She was a part-time lecturer in Lady Irwin college, New Delhi, teaching post graduate classes during 1972-73. She was the recipient of senior research fellowship of C.S.I.R. for her project entitled "Changes in value Orientation of contemporary Muslims" carried out amongst the Bohras of Bombay. Her articles in Hindustan Times and Youth Times equally provoked the social scientists and laymen and made them have a new perspective towards this minority community. From 1976 to 1978 she had been actively engaged in a project on female fertility financed by World Health Organization. The entire work had been centred around Rajput Women of Rajasthan. At present she is holding the post of Assistant Anthropologist (Cultural) with the Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India. She has participated in national and international seminars and has a few publication to her credit in the field of Muslim women. Dr. Shibani roy has further stepped into the secluded privacy of the Muslims by marrying a Muslim fellow anthropologist and has a daughter.

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Bibliographic information

Title People of India: Meghalaya
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170461235
length 284p., Plates; Maps.