New ebook! The Problematics of Tribal Integration: Voices from India’s Alternative Centers


The Shared Mirror Publishing House

We are happy to announce our new ebook ‘The Problematics of Tribal Integration: Voices from India’s Alternative Centers' published by the collaboration between The Shared Mirror Publishing House and the Tribal Intellectual Collective India. We thank all the authors, copy-editors, proofreaders, friends and families who have contributed to the making of this book and have generously made this book available as a free download. 

The ebook can be downloaded from The Shared Mirror website.

The book is thematised into four sections. Under the first section – Problematizing The
Discourse and Context are two chapters written by the indigenous scholar and foremost Tribal/Adivasi studies expert Prof Virginius Xaxa on the subject ‘Tribes and Indian National Identity: Location of Exclusion and Marginality’. This chapter is followed by a historical conspectus of the integration process from a tribal perspective by bodhi s.r & raile r. ziipao.

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The second section – The Frame of Reference constitutes of four chapters. The first by Monica Sakhrani critically examines the politico-historical location of Scheduled Tribes in the Indian Constitution. The second is written by the foremost indigenous historian Bhagya Bhukya on the complex subject of Marxist and Nationalist constructions of adivasi uprising in India. This is followed by Rimi Tadu on the subject of integration and the state making process in the north east of India and by a chapter on the ideas of adivasi development of Verrier Elwin and Jawaharlal Nehru by Venkatesh Vaditya.

The third section of the book – Concrete Conditions and Dynamics is written by eleven scholars. Each engages with the immediate context from varied regions of India. The first is written by J.J.Roy Burman on the complex subject of Sacred Groves. This is followed by Shyamal Bikash Chakma on the controversial concept of Conservation Refugees and Richard Kamei who interrogates the concept of Collective Bargaining among the Rongmei Tribe in the state of Manipur. Following these chapters, we have Joseph Riamei writing on Tribes, Governance and Political Institutions in North East India, Kerlihok L. Buam on the Sixth Schedule and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, Jagmohan Boro on Rabha Ethnic Politics and Role of the State, Batskhem Myrboh on Non-tribal Migration in Meghalaya, Vulli Dhanaraju on Tribal Resistance to Colonial Construction of ‘Agency’ in Andhra, Pandurang Bhoye on Movements and Organisations among Adivasis in Maharashtra, Abhay Xaxa on Implications of Mining in Fifth Schedule Areas and Niraj Lakra who examines the fall out of the government’s attempt to Amend the CNT and SPT Act in the state of Jharkhand.

The last sections of the book are transcripts of two conversations and speeches by John F.
Kharshiing, the Adviser and Spokesperson of the Federation of Khasi States in his address to the General Assembly of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples and by Saneka Munda, an active participant of the Khutkati Rights Movement in Chotanagpur to the second national congress of the Tribal Intellectual Collective India.

This series is an academic collaboration between the Tribal Intellectual Collective India and The Shared Mirror. With the exceptions of a few, most of these chapters have been written by tribal/Adivasi scholars who are engaged with the subject. The Tribal Intelectual Collective India is one of the only academic fora of the tribes/Adivasis in India with a pan India membership.



Copyright © 2019, The Shared Mirror Publishing House and Tribal Intellectual Collective India (of the collection).

 Copyright © of each work belongs to the respective author.


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