Tribal Demography and Development in North-east India

Tribal Demography and Development in North-east India


Bindeshwar Prasad Mandal

viii, 240 p; 2018

Includes bibliographical references and index

ISBN-13/ EAN: 978-93-88162-21-0(Hardbound)

ISBN-10: 93-88162-21-8(Hardbound) INR 1499.00

LC Subject heading:-

1. India, Northeastern—Scheduled tribes.

2. India, Northeastern—Scheduled tribes—Population.

About the Book:-

Of the total tribal population in India, only 12 percent live in the eight North-Eastern states, but unlike central Indian states where they are in a minority in all the states, tribes constitute more than 80 percent of the state’s population in Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Nagaland, and hence receive better political attention. For the past several decades however, some states in the North-East have received a continuous flow of economic migrants from neighbouring states and Bangladesh, with the result that demographic balance has been tilting against indigenous population. Bodos, a plains tribe of Assam, have become a minority in many districts of Bodo Autonomous Council and lost land to immigrant Muslims, leading often to large-scale violence. An off-shoot of the population division is the unequal power relations between the tribals and the non-tribal’s who seem to dominate in political and economic power. Even within the tribes, there is a great deal of diversity. North-East India has over 220 ethnic groups, they all have their own culture and tribal tradition and speak their own tribal languages. This culturally diversity of North-East India also leads to inter-tribal conflict in many states, affecting peace and development. Not only tribal regions, but the entire North-East Region with the exception of Sikkim is characterized by low per-capita income, lack of private investment, low capital formation, inadequate infrastructure facilities, and geographical bottlenecks. The present book is an effort to understand the scenario of tribal development in North-East India. This book is design for graduate courses in social studies and social work.

About the Author:-

Dr. Bindeshwar Prasad Mandal is Associate Professor & Head in the Department of Sociology at B.N.College, Patna a constituent unit of Patna University, Patna. Dr. Mandal has authored five books on different topics of Sociology. His more than fifteen papers have been published in reputed research journals. He has also participated in many National Seminars and Conferences sponsored by UGC and Government of India.


Introduction — Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh: Identity, Culture and Languages — Tribal Groups in Assam — Tribal Demography and Development in Meghalaya and Nagaland — Tribal Communities of Tripura — Bibliography — Index —

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