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S.N. Chaudhary, Sarit K. Chaudhuri

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The issue of livelihood is prominently addressed in both academic and pragmatic activities relating to tribes of all economic or occupational categories irrespective of their place of residence. There is a strong view point that from livelihood perspective majority of tribes are heading towards insecurity. Scholars have underlined number of historical and contemporary reasons responsible for this state of affair. Also, consequences of livelihood insecurity has drawn attention of various scholars and activists. Articles included in the present volume which is based on both 'Book View' and 'Field View' deals with reasons, process and consequences of erosion of traditional tribal livelihood. It also covers interface between tribes and so called modern livelihood chances and opportunities. Scholars have suggested various cultural capsules to address the problem of livelihood insecurity. Suggestions have also been made to improve status of livelihood in tribal areas of the country. The book is very useful for planners, change agents and researchers who are dealing with the issue of tribes in general and the question of tribal livelihood in particular.


S.N. Chaudhary, Professor of Sociology and Former Dean, Faculty of Social Science is also Rajiv Gandhi Chair Professor (GOI, MHRD) at Barkatullah University, Bhopal. He has been a fellow of A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, Indian Institute of Advance Studies, Shimla and SMH, Paris. He has conducted field work among Red Indians in British Columbia (Canada). Dr. Chaudhary has completed 28 research projects and has published over 32 books and 86 research papers. Currently, he is working on Crime against Tribal Women, Social Status of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Tribal Youth, Tribal Senior Citizens, Persons with Disabilities among Tribes and Tribal Livelihood.

Sarit K. Chaudhuri, professor of anthropology, has worked among tribes of North-East India during last 25 years. During 2003–2005 he was in SOAS, United Kingdom, as a postdoctoral fellow and worked for a collaborative project with SOAS, British Museum, CCRD, and Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh. He worked in An.S.I., Shillong. He also taught in the department of Anthropology Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh for more than 18 years. He is currently holding the post of Director, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, (Government of India, Ministry of Culture) Bhopal. He has published 9 books and over 52 papers in journals and books.


Preface . 7

Contributors . 9

1. Introduction .11

2. Tribal Livelihood: A Historical Overview on Central India . 27
— S.N. Chaudhary, Sarit K. Chaudhuri

3. Baiga, Bharia and Saharia Tribes in Madhya Pradesh . 55
— D.K. Verma

4. Non-Timber Forest Products among Tribes of Jharkhand . 69
— K. Gopal Iyer

5. Contemporary Forest Management Systems .109
— Debashis Debnath

6. Tribals Livelihood in Urban Fringe .125
— Swapan Kumar Kolay and Sushila D. Mahant

7. Livelihood Struggle and Coping with Poverty in Madhya Pradesh . 139
— D C Sah

8. Tribal Livelihood in Contemporary Manipur .163
— M C Arunkumar

9. Livelihood Security of Tribes in Central India .171
— Neelu Rawat

10. Credit Transactions and Tribal Land Alienation: [Kondh Tribe in Odisha Highlands] . 193
— Tapas . K. Dalpati

11. Tsunami on the livelihood of Katchal Nicobarese . 213
— Shailendra Prasad Sinha

12. Tribes of Jharkhand and their means . 223
— Chaturbhuj Sahu

13. Livelihood Strategies of Kolam: A Case Study . 235
— Nisheeth Rai

14. Tribal Critique: Livelihood in Jharkhand . 257
— Abhik Ghosh

15. A Tribal Village of Odisha . 275
— Satya Ranjan Mahakul

16. Building for Tribal Livelihood: The Wadi Experience [Odisha] . 293
— S. N. Tripathy

17. Forest, Governance System and Livelihood Pattern of Tribes: An Analysis . 315
— Jayanta Behera

18. Tribal Livelihood in Jharkhand: An Anthropological Explanation . 345
— Gaya Pandey

19. Tribal Livelihood: A Study of Continuity and Change [Bharias of Patalkot] . 353
— Sunil K. Yadav

Index . 383

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