"The general understanding about tribes in India is somewhat hazy, confusing and
at times biased. Tribal 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 consiousness.
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-side 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 provess
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 substantial contribution to tribal studies in India,
looking beyond mere inclusion and exclusion perspective."
List of Tables and Figures
1. Conceptualising and Contextualising Tribes in the Indian Situation
2. Regional Focus on Identity Formation
3. Mainstream Development and Tribals
4. Forest and Tribals
5. Governance and Tribals
6. Emerging Areas of Tribal Studies