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Savaging the Civilised-Verrier Elwin and the Tribal Question in Late Colonial India

Verrier Elwin and the Tribal Question in Late Colonial India Ramachandra Guha In the huge collection of the records of the All India Congress Committee, housed at the Nehru Memorial Museum in New Delhi, one is hard put to find a reference to tribals this in contrast to the attention paid to women, untouchables and religious minorities. Curiously, this absence in the official nationalist archive is reproduced by the radical historiography of our times, which like the Congress nationalists it sets itself in opposition to has had scarcely a word to say about tribals, this in contrast to the dozens of exegeses, scholarly and polemical, it has provided on the prehistory of the communal question, the caste question, or the women's question.

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