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A Political History of Tripura

J. Gan Chaudhuri (Author)
Synopsis Tripura is an exotic geographical entity at the North Eastern tip of India. Having been ruled for centuries by native princes, it merged with the Union of India in 1949 and attained, in Jan. 1972, the status of a fullfledged State. The present book is perhaps the first ever scholarly effort to highlight the major political turning events in the history of Tripura from its very beginning to the year 1985. The study is all the more significant as no Kalyan or Thucydides wrote the early history of Tripura. The treatise (Rajmala), a voluminous chronicle compiled at the instance of the kings in fifteenth century, though a primary source, is incomplete, worn out, and contains a mass of unsystematic materials. The book contains nine chapters which would acquaint the readers with physical background of Tripura; its mythological rulers; immigration of Mongolian tribes from China and their settlements in North East and how the Tripuri tribe who settled in Tripura came to be known an Tripas and gave their name to the area and gradually extended their suzerainty and rose in prominence; intrusion of Muslims and their conflicts and wars for lands and elephants from 1240 to 1765 with the MANIKYA dynasty of Tripura and how the invaders influenced Tripura in several ways; period of peace under British rule and reforms of enlightened native princes till 1947; lastly growth of political consciousness among people, formation of political parties and election; exodus from East Bengal into Tripura and the resultant tribal reaction leading to the massacre of 1980 as well as trends towards independent tribal state. Dr. Gan-Chaudhuri, a social anthropologist by training and vocation is particularly well qualified in making this study by his synthetic approach, a specialized work, comprehensible to scholars as well as general readers.
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About the author

J. Gan Chaudhuri

Jagadis Gan-Chaudhuri born in 1945, is an Assistant Prof. Of Sociology at the Bir Bikram Evening College at Agartala. The word ‘Tripura’ fascinates him always. Since 1968, he has been carrying on research on Tripura’s tribal culture. Professor Chaudhuri has brought to bear his versatility and academic approach to the different aspects of Tripura in his earlier edited works, “Tripura: The land and its people” – 1979 and “An Anthropology of Tripura” – 1985.

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Title A Political History of Tripura
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1985
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xiv+92p., Tables; Plates; Index; 26cm.
Subjects History