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Tribal History sans Contemporary Politics

Narratives from the Margins: Aspects of Adivasi History in India edited by Sanjukta Das Gupta and Raj Sekhar Basu; New Delhi: Primus Books, 2012; pp 312, ₹995.

The nine essays in this volume, as well as the scholarly introduction by the editors, deal with different aspects of the history of the Adivasis in India. They discuss a wide range of issues affecting the socio-economic life of the Adivasis and explore long-term continuities and the opposite in situations therein. They also reflect some of the new concerns that have come up in the study of history involving new methodology and sources.

As the editors explain in their introduction, the volume owes its inception to a 2006 conference on “Communities and the Nation: Dalits and Adivasis in Colonial and Postcolonial India” organised by the Department of History, University of Calcutta. While the essays on the Dalit experience were separately published in 2008, selected essays from the conference on the Adivasi experience as well as two independent studies by Italian scholars have been grouped in the present volume.

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