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The general understanding about tribes in India is somewhat hazy, confusing and at times biased. Tribals are almost invariably equated with marginalised, deprived or disadvantaged groups. With the rapid change of the so-called development scenario since independence, it is imperative to re-examine and re-assess tribes in the Indian context with a view to underline the major concepts that go with tribal formation and see them in the context of their geographical location, historical perspective, ethnicity-linked development and displacement, fallacy of administrative categorisation, identity politics, economic priorities and growing political consciousness. At the conceptual level, tribes in India do not form a unified category and not all of them could be described in a unilateral manner. Clearly there is a need for rethinking the rather one-sided view of tribes in terms of social exclusion and inclusion propagated by those who are primarily engaged in academic theorising and by those who in the name of governance use it rather mechanically as a set pattern. The present volume makes a sincere effort to critically examine the conceptual process fraught with cross-current of ideas that goes with tribal formation. This volume presents realities, issues and challenges confronting tribes in various contexts in contemporary India. Besides tribal activists and policy makers, the book will be of interest to a broad spectrum of readers including researchers and students of anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, tribal studies and social work. Hopefully this volume will be a substantial contribution to tribal studies in India, looking beyond mere inclusion and exclusion perspective.
1 Introduction / Rajat Kanti Das and Bidhan Kanti Das

2 Contextualising Indian Tribes / Rajat Kanti Das
3 Conceptualising the Context / Samir Kumar Das
4 Application and Distortion of Indigeneity as an Expression of Tribe / Rajat Kanti Das
5 On the Question of Inequality in Tribal Social Formation / Rajatsubhra Mukhopadhyay
6 Politics of Identity and Growing Tribalism in the Darjeeling Hills / Swatasiddha Sarkar
7 The Teesta Warriors / Jayanta Madhab Tamuly
8 The Need for Promoting Indigenous Indicators to Tribal Development / Arun D. Paul
9 Towards Demarginalisation of the Lodhas in West Bengal / Santanu Panda and Abhijit Guha
10 Forest Policies and Tribal Livelihood / Pradeep Kumar Mishra
11 Making Forest Dwellers Deprived / Bidhan Kanti Das
12 Tribe, Political Party and Local Self-Government / Dayabati Roy
13 Conceptualising Tribal Autonomous Rule in Tripura / Dipannita Chakraborty
14 Salvaging a Common Descent and Lineage Between an Ex-Criminal Tribe of India and the Present-Day Gypsies of Europe / Subir Rana
15 Tribal Entrepreneurial Growth / Rajanita Das Purkayastha


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