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ISBN- 81-261-0517-8

The people of South Asia include a very large number of primitive tribes who subsists on hunting, fishing and simple form of agriculture. These people are called aboriginal tribes. The tribal groups are presumed to form the oldest ethnological sector of South Asian population. There are apparent cultural differences and traditional practices among the life style of South Asian tribes, but historically, there is a basic unity in though and philosophy among these people born and brought up in environment of diversity through length and breadth. This encyclopaedia includes tribal demography, their way of life, customs, mores and traditions, cultural characteristics and artistic inheritance.

More than an academic exercise, this encyclopaedia represents a vast range of sources of both published as well as unpublished materials. In presenting this work, help is taken from the works of great anthropologists of distinction, especially, J.H. Hutton, S.C. Roy, and K.S. Singh.

It is a pioneering attempt to provide a comprehensive research and study of the South Asian Tribes. This Encyclopaedia is vast collection of essays of more than thousand renowned scholars. This series is for the benefit of the students, teachers, and research scholars as well as laymen who wish to know the key aspects of Tribal ethnography. The editor has brought here his keen experience in advance research on tribal studies in India and abroad.

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ISBN- 81-7488-860-8

The main focus of the work has been on the agrarian relations of the Zomi of Manipur, an ethnic group formerly known as the 'Chin-Kuki-Mizo' groups living in the southern parts of Manipur hills bordering Myanmar and the Mizoram State of India. Virtually isolated and backward, the agrarian relations prevailing in the Zomi economy are conspicuous by the overriding influence of the traditional chieftainship. Jhum cultivation or slash and burn have been the mainstay of the economy in spite of not being able to meet the increasing demand of the ever-growing population. The book, inter alia, analyses the expensive and destructive character of jhum in the light of the scarce land mass available for cultivation. It also takes into account its long-term ecological impact over the entire resources of the economy.

It also looks into the deteriorating condition of the farmers or cultivators who had no 'rights' over the land they cultivate. The book shows how and why such jhum cultivation of the land has increasingly led to meager yield per acre as well as labour. Besides, the volume makes an analytical study of 'land' as an important resource input particularly for an agricultural economy. The effect and implementation of the Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reforms Act 1960 respectively in the valley and hill areas of the State was also treated rather comprehensively. Similarly, a chapter is devoted to examine the extent of rural poverty and unemployment in India a whole. As a result of the sample survey conducted for the purpose, the book clearly shows the magnitude and widespread nature of poverty in the economy (Zomi economy).

Another feature of the book is the attempt it makes to review related literatures on the agrarian relations as a whole. For planners and decision makers the book will be of immense help so far as rural development planning decision is concerned.

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ISBN- 81-7041-163-7

Dictionary of Anthropology encompasses terms which have been carefully selected from all the major fields of anthropology including social anthropology, human evolution, cultural anthropology and physical anthropology. This book includes the existing terminology irrespective of its source without any bias towards or against any school of thought. The entries have been written in a clear and explanatory style to provide both straightforward definitions and relevant background information. This approach enables the reader to place each entry into a broader scientific context. The present book is a commendable achievement by any standards.

Undoubtedly, this will prove a dependable reference tool to the users.

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ISBN- 81-261-0631-X

The problems of tribals are much more complex and difficult as compared to non-tribals. In their case, the process of development has the effect of putting together too socio-economic system of unequal strength, keeping in view their problems, inhabitation and isolation, there is an urgent need for the development of these groups to bring them nearer to the national mainstream.

Recognizing the magnitude of the problems of economic development of tribes, massive efforts are required for their development. So in the present volume we have discussed the tribal development strategies adopted in the country as well as in the states and the action taken by various agencies thorough a series of articles contributed by eminent economists, sociologist's and anthropologists of the country. No doubt, the findings and suggestions of various research works would be helpful for scholars, policy-makers, economic planners and government in preparing future programmes for tribal development.

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