South Asia’s hunter-gatherers

A glance at the map of South Asia reveals that national borders or state boundaries contribute little (if anything) to our understanding of societies and vulnerable tribal communities. Their lives …

Women in India: A reality check

Tracing the rise of patriarchy to class-based “civilisations” and the diminishing role of women in such societies, Chris Harman, in his book ‘A People’s History of the World’, says in …

Tribal groups

What’s in a name? India’s tribal population is as diverse as the country itself. The English word “tribe” appears to be appropriate here. Some of the local Indian terms, on the …