Environment ethnicity and history in Chotanagpur India 1850-1970

Damodaran, Vinita (1997) Environment ethnicity and history in Chotanagpur India 1850-1970. Environment and History, 3 (3). pp. 273-298. ISSN 0967-3407

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Abstract

The paper has attempted to show the ways in which the recurring image of an older landscape has served as a powerful metaphor in Chotanagpur's resurgence. It directly fuelled protect movements in the late nineteenth century and was part of a new emotive language as a modern political idioom can to be developed by the Jharkhand parties in the twentieth century. The cultural revival signalled by the Janata Mukti Morcha in the 1970s found expression in the festival of the sacred grove which was to become one of the most important markers of Chotanagpuri identity and the site where larger and more powerful hegemonies were constituted, contested and transformed. The paper is also an illustration of the more general problem of historical research and demonstrates the ways in which a post-modern analysis of cultural categories such as ethnicity can be related to the old realities of power politics.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS401 India (Bharat)
Depositing User: Vinita Damodaran
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:42
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 10:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27581
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