Tribal Movement, Politics and Religion in India (3 vols)

Edited by A.C. Mittal and J.B. Sharma, Radha, 1998, 1029 p, 3 vols, ISBN : 817487139X, $86.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Vol. I. Tribal Movement in India: Preface. 1. Movement for tribal autonomy. 2. The Kol insurrection and the British military. 3. Birsa movement: religio-political reform. 4. The Santal revolt: outbreak, progress and suppression. 5. The Jharkhand movement. 6. Analysis of triple tribal movement in Rajasthan. 7. The Gond movements. 8. The Chipko movement. 9. The Naga movement. 10. The Khasi movement. 11. The Ahom movement. 12. The Bodo movement.

Vol. II. Tribal Politics in India: Preface. 1. Political organisations: nature and changes. 2. Political anthropology and state formation. 3. Structure of tribal politics. 4. Tribal feudalism. 5. Voting behaviour of Indian tribals.

Vol. III. Tribal Religion in India: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. The supernatural and supra-sensory. 3. Rites and rituals. 4. Impact of Hinduism on the tribes. 5. Impact of Christianity among the tribes. 6. Supernatural spirits and powers. 7. Magic and witchcraft. Select bibliography.

"The present title Tribal Movement, Politics and Religion in India is in three volumes, first volume "Tribal movement in India" is a critical and comprehensive analysis of nature and motivation of the tribal movement in pre - and post-colonial India. All important tribal movements covered in this book have a great impact on the socio-economic and political life of the Indian tribes. Second volume "Tribal politics in India" exhibit various forms of political organizations. On the one hand we find hunting and nomadic tribes in South of India who are still living on very low technological condition, while on the other hand, there are tribes in central and north-east India, who are leading quite comfortable life with the help of their highly developed mode of agriculture and horticulture. In this bewildering diversity, the tribes have developed a wide range of political organization, and we find a highly decentralized political organization of the tribes of India divided into three geographical zones--north-eastern central, and south. Third volume "Tribal religion in India" gives a colourful panorama of religious faiths and practices of Indian tribes. The tribal religion is termed as animism in various census reports and literatures till the first half of this century. Contact with non-tribals has been proved instrumental in changing the religious beliefs in many tribal groups. The relation of tribal faith to Hinduism or Christianity has made impact on their life and culture." (jacket)

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