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History of the People of Bastar

H.L. Shukla (Author)
Synopsis The first six volumes on the ethnic history of Bastar, which were subtitled Social History of Chhattisgarh (1985), Lanka ki Khoj (1977), Prachina Bastar (1978), Adivasi Samantavad (1987), Tribal History (1988), and Bhumial (1991) give a comprehensive survey of the life journey of the primitive people in the Chakrakota Mandala which is now called Bastar in Middle India. These volumes probe into the social, economic and political life of the people who are now called Adivasis, right from the Middle Stone Age (25000 B.C.) to the 1777 A.D. The present volume is an extension of the previous volume. It describes the further changes which took place within the womb of the tribal communities of Bastar. It covers a period ranging from 1777 to 1947 of about two centuries. The present volume is a major break through on the people’s history of Bastar, being the first attempt to survey and assess the phases of rebellion which earned a distinctive character of its own, by virtue of militant outlook and methods. The twelve rebellions dealt with in this volume tell the story of suffering of the tribal people and their connected revolts against the oppressor. Here in Bastar it was a people’s determination to challenge the alien rule since the time of its inception until and unless it was uprooted from the soil – a long war rarely seen in any other region of the country.
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About the author

H.L. Shukla

H.L. Shukla (b. 1939) has created, and for forty years he has dominated the field of Indology and modern linguistics. Professor H.L. Shukla, throughout position-holder and goldmedalist with double Ph.D. and D.Litt., is a brilliant luminary in the firmament of Indology. His valuable contributions to the various aspects of Indology, Ethno-history, Ethno-linguistics, Ethnic Literature, Ethno-music, Ethno-semiotics, Diatectology, Dictionary and Literary criticism in particular, now covering more than thirty years, are too well-known to need any introduction. His grounding in the Sanskrit learning with the command on tribal languages through modern linguistics enabled him to delve deeper in the interpretation of Indian culture and translation of Ramayana in the tribal languages. His history of Bastar in seven volumes has opened new chapter in Indian history. Professor Shukla has till now completed several research projects, published 44 books and over hundreds of research papers in Indian and foreign journals. As an editor of two research Journals (Psycholingua and Multilingua, 1970-), he produced hundred of scholars. His books have been widely reviewed and quoted in international and national Journals, books, seminars, conferences, etc. he has guided 34 research scholars for Ph.D. and D.Litt. and has been the member of more than fifty academic bodies. He founded the Department of Comparative Language and Culture in 19880 and has so far produced hundreds of scholars in M.A. Sanskrit, Prakrit and Linguistics, M.Phil. comparative Linguistics, P.G. Diploma in Linguistics and Tribal Languages. Formerly he was Professor-cum-Director of the Institute of Correspondence Courses, Bhopal University, Bhopal.

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Title History of the People of Bastar
Author H.L. Shukla
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1992
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185616043
length xii+436p., Tables; Maps; Glossary; Index; 21cm
Subjects History