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A Study of the Gonds of Deccan India

History, Memory and Struggles

The Roots of the Periphery: A History of the Gonds of Deccan India by Bhangya Bhukya, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017; pp 209, 750.

The Gondi slogan “mava nate, mava raj,” which means “our village, our rule,” expresses the long-standing demand for self-determination of the Adivasis. Bhangya Bhukya’s second book, The Roots of the Periphery: A History of the Gonds of Deccan India, examines the origins of this aspiration for autonomy as well as the process of periphery-making under colonialism. While conducting research in Adilabad district of Telangana for his first book on the Lambadas (Bhukya 2010), the author, a Lambada himself, became interested in the history of the Gonds. These two Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities have recently made the headlines due to their conflict over land and ST reservation. Bhukya touches upon it in the postscript of his latest book:

The Lambadas, who were historically caravan traders and foodgrain transporters and were relatively more “advanced,” began buying Gond land and cornering the lion’s share in government development initiatives. (p 165)

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Updated On : 23rd Jul, 2018

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