Role and Image of Law in India: The Tribal Experience

Role and Image of Law in India: The Tribal Experience

by Vasudha Dhagamwar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761933948

ISBN-13: 9780761933946

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This important book studies the relationship between tribes and the state with reference to the Indian legal structure. It focuses on three tribes of India—the Bhils in Maharashtra, and the Santals, and Pahadiyas in Jharkhand, which was earlier a part of Bihar. The author traces the historical roots of their dispossession in the ancient and medieval periods,

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This important book studies the relationship between tribes and the state with reference to the Indian legal structure. It focuses on three tribes of India—the Bhils in Maharashtra, and the Santals, and Pahadiyas in Jharkhand, which was earlier a part of Bihar. The author traces the historical roots of their dispossession in the ancient and medieval periods, their engagement with and subjugation by the British, and how their ordeal of disempowerment continues even after Independence. Dr Dhagamwar looks at the historical relationship of these tribes with settled societies and also at some of their internal legal structures. She ends with a brief examination of indigenous people colonized elsewhere by Europeans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761933946
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Tribes in Ancient and Medieval India
PART ONE: TRIBES IN BRITISH INDIA
The Conquered Tribes
The Saura Pahadiyas of the Jungleterry
An Overview
Military Operations of the East India Company Against the Saura Pahadiyas
The Jungleterry Under Civil Administration
British Conquest of the Bhils of Khandesh
The Santals
A Peasant Tribe
The Santal Settlers of the Jungleterry
Settlements and Surveys in Santal Parganas
PART TWO: TRIBES IN INDEPENDENT INDIA
Faguram Bhatti's Poem
Tenancy and Public Interest Litigation in Akkalkua
Indefinitely under Trial
The Case of the Four Pahadiyas
The Custom and Practice of Bitlaha
'Prisoner at the Bar, Are You Rich or Poor?'
Behaviour, Attitudes and Perceptions
The Three Worlds of the Bhils, Santals and Pahadiyas
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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