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Formerly Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University
This book attempts to define tribal society, traces tribal migrations in history, and examines their modes of agricultural production. It discusses the definition of tribal society, tribal migrations in history, agricultural production and is the result of ethno-archaeological research amongst tribal people in eastern Gujarat. It comes to the conclusion that tribal culture is robust, and that Indian society owes it to the tribal population – repeatedly displaced and marginalized in the interests of the powerful – to give them full scope to live out their destinies in their own way.
‘The book…is about the sustainable subsistence system of the Rathwa and Dhanak communities in Tejgarh-Chhota Udepur area in eastern Gujarat, which forms the huge tribal belt of central India.’
Indra Munshi, Economic & Political Weekly