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The Uprising: Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti-Slavery Movement in North-East India (1908-1954)

Sajal Nag (Author)

In 1908, a Welsh doctor named Peter Fraser turned down a lucrative job with the British government and travelled as a Christian missionary to the remote Lushai Hills of North-east India the habitat of a reportedly wild, headhunting tribal people. While Fraser found acceptance among the natives, he also came in conflict with the colonial state over the tribal practice of bawi, a practice he found akin to slavery. This clash was symptomatic of a larger issue that marked colonialism in South Asia: the tussle between the colonial administration and the missionary institutions. The Uprising chronicles this conflict which witnessed Fraser, after being expelled by his own mission, petitioning and lobbying in the British Parliament and subsequently in the League of Nations through the Anti-Slavery Society and the lasting impact it had on the lives of the Lushais.

Writing in a narrative form, Sajal Nag brings out the immense historical significance of the contradictions between the colonial state and the missionary institutions and argues that neither institution, contrary to popular perception, was a liberating agency.

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About the author

Sajal Nag

Sajal Nag teaches Modern History at Assam Central University. Earlier he was associated with the North-Eastern Hill University and the Centre for Social Studies, Surat. His publications include Roots of Ethnic Conflict: Nationality Question in North-East India (Delhi, 1990); India and North-East India: Mind, Politics and the Process of Integration 1946-50 (Delhi, 1998); Nationalism, Separatism and Secessionism (Jaipur and Delhi, 1999).

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Title The Uprising: Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti-Slavery Movement in North-East India (1908-1954)
Author Sajal Nag
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.02.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0199460892 , 9780199460892
length xl+403p., 23cm.