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Situating Tribals in Indian History

Chittabrata Palit (Editor) Surendra Jha (Editor)
Synopsis There is a lot of controversy over situating the tribals in modern Indian History. According to the Latin root, the word tribal meant only a section of people with a distinct and autonomous culture of its own. In the Roman Empire, they were never regarded segregated from the mainstream. But in colonial India the tirbals who held fast to their autonomous culture and would not conform to colonial requirements were considered wild and outside the pale of civilization and therefore liable to be subjugated. To the imperialist anthropologist, it was a virgin field of enquiry to discover the tribals as exclusivist people with unique features. They were to be treated as vanishing community. It was again a play of divide and rule against the mainstream society. The Present volume is a bouquet of 11 essays on various aspects of Tribal Society and culture under British Rule.
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About the author

Chittabrata Palit

Dr. Chittabrata Palit, M.A. (Cal), PhD (Cantab), FRAS (Londan) is a senior professor of history at Jadavpur University, Calcutta. He is an established authority on the subject. He has served as a member of the National Commission for the History of science(1987-2001), principal investigator of a project on Science and nationalism for the Indian National science Academy for the last six years and currently he principal investigator of a UGC major project on Pharmacy in the Ayurvedic Texts in eastern India. He has numerous books on the history of sciences including medicine to his credit.

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Bibliographic information

Title Situating Tribals in Indian History
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.06.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176466913, 9788176466912
length xii+148p., Tables; Notes; Bibliography; 23cm.