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Vulnerability of Autochthon Paharias of Santal Parganas: Revealing Continuity of Colonial Legacy

  • Dinesh Narayan Verma
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Abstract

This chapter traces the present situation of vulnerability of the Paharias, a PVTG in Jharkhand to the colonial policy. It discusses how Paharias were deprived of their resources and thus marginalized consequent upon colonial policy of expansion of settled agriculture. The colonial administration facilitated settlement of the Santals as agriculturists on the lands and forest of the Paharias as a part of their project of expanding settled agriculture. They receded to the hills and confined to traditional mode of livelihood. Their exclusion continued even in the process of national development. The chapter also highlights Paharias’ increasing awareness of their rights over land and other resources in the process of the present state-sponsored development; and identity assertion through their demands for these rights.

Keywords

Vulnerable conditions Autochthon Paharias Damin-i-koh Colonial legacy Tradition Original inhabitants Settled agriculturists Historical injustice Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dinesh Narayan Verma
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryB.S.K. CollegeBarharwa (Sahibganj)India

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