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  • Bad Indians By Deborah Miranda Summary

    The tribal memoir, Bad Indians by Deborah Miranda is an intricately written body of work that recounts the social and historical story of an entire peoples. The memoir’s use of several different mediums assists in exposing all aspects of Indian life including periods of subjugation through missionization and secularization. The period labeled as “Reinvention” focuses deeply on the wave of immense interest in the study of Indian culture by white men. Miranda includes in this period a section titled “Gonaway Tribe: Field Notes” which recounts the effort of ethnologist, J. P. Harrington to obtain the Indian language through the use of native informants. The use of the term “field notes” implies that the subjects being studied are only samples to aid research rather than human beings rich in knowledge and culture. Many researchers were intrigued with the idea of securing the native culture for scientific purposes. Despite the apparent white effort to preserve the Indian culture through an anthropological study, the selfish intentions of the white man resulted in a continual cycle of dehumanization by animalization and objectification of indigenous peoples. The animalization that Harrington and others with anthropological motives concentrated on was the idea that Indians were plain savages who lacked the capacity of intelligence. When considering the basis of objectification, the study made certain to reduce the Indians to mere objects and possessions of the dominant culture. The…

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  • Criticism And Symbolism In Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

    In Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad discusses how the Europeans treat the native congo people. Throughout the novella imperialism is presented by the Europeans attempting to colonize the Congo region. Joseph Conrad explains the harsh exploitation of the Congo through the perspective of Marlow. Marlow sees how the natives are treated with disrespect as their rightful land is taken from them. By analyzing Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad through a new criticism lens, one can see that the…

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  • The Adivasi Will Not Dance Analysis

    centuries of upper caste atrocities committed against the Dalits, in his book, Post- Hindu India: Discourse on Dalit Bahujan Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution (2009), and another book, The Adivasi Will Not Dance (2015) by an Adivasi writer, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, is banned by Jharkhand state government on the charge of 'misrepresenting" the Adivasi, indigenous, people. Indian Independence "liberated" the elite Hindu upper caste Brahmin but maintained the colonial legacy of pushing…

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  • Adivasis, By Ramachandra Guha

    Part B. B1. Guha argues that the “Adivasis as a whole have gained least and lost most from six decades of democracy and development in India” Ramachandra Guha in his essay argues that Adivasis are the ones who has gained almost nothing from the development of India after its independence but instead they have been exploited and have lost so much from their lives in the process. He focuses on the tribals of peninsular India who are marginalized invisible victims with other minorities to show how…

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  • Civil Society In India

    The Bhils make up 4.5 million people of India’s population and inhabit 40,000 square kilometers of India, yet this group is still considered unimportant. Instead of working with the Bhils to find ways to mesh their traditions with modern life, India has used their misunderstanding of modern culture to strip them from their lands and to prevent them from using their traditional resources. This is especially troubling when these hunter-gatherer people have no other way to support themselves and…

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  • Examples Of Poverty And Social Exclusion

    Poverty and Social Exclusion – Adivasis Given the hierarchal structure of our Indian society, exclusion linked deprivation is associated to groups like Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) which comprise a large segment of the population. Social exclusion in layman’s language is the lack of equal opportunities for some groups which restricts their political, social and economic participation in an economy. This was the case of Hasari Pal in the movie…

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  • Summary Of Bama's Story In Sangati By B. R Ambedkar

    Dalit literature emerged as a response to the hegemonic Brahminic oppression and its various forms of silencing the Dalits. Though there are various thinkers, such as Buddha, Jyotiba Phule, S.M. Mate who were concerned about the plight of the lowest caste and untouchables but it was B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956), who is considered "the pioneer of Dalit literature" (Dangle vii). Ambedkar's writing and his political activism played a significant role in understanding the injustices and atrocities of…

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  • Paniya Tribe Case Study

    Introduction The present study on knowledge, attitude and practice of Paniya tribes on mental illness gives an idea about tribe’s perspective on mental illness their belief and health seeking behavior. Tribes believed to be original inhabitant of the country. Because of that they called that Adivasi. Adivasi is an umbrella term used to represent the set of ethnic and tribal people of India. There around 580 tribal groups are in India. The study will conduct in people of the Paniya tribe,…

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  • The Hunt By Mahasweta Analysis

    It actually originates from profit-centric ‘development’ projects designed and controlled by the mainstream consumerist planners. Devi’s displeasure with the breakdown of ecological sanctity and sustainability is clearly reflected here: “Once there were animals in the forest, life was wild, the hunt game had meaning. Now the forest is empty, life wasted and drained, the hunt game meaningless. Only the day’s joy is real.” (12). Again, Devi’s concernment for the marginalized state of women in…

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  • The Influence Of The Caste System

    herders, agriculturalists, artisans, and merchants. The fourth caste is the Shudras. They were considered so low that the Shudras were prohibited from reading the "Vedas," the earliest Indian sacred texts. The Shudras are now considered a "scheduled caste," meaning they are historically disadvantaged. The fifth caste is the Dalits. The sanskrit word "Dalit" roughly translates to "ground," "crushed," or "suppressed." They are viewed as the plebian caste and are linked with impure occupations,…

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