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Personal and Published Works on Indigeneity in Jharkhand, India | JNU

Notes, letters, diaries, posters and pamphlets: Narrating ideas of indigeneity in Jharkhand, India

Project Abstract

This project, hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), will result in an inventory of written materials related to indigeneity in Jharkhand, India, between 1900 and 2019. The materials, written in English, Hindi, Bengali, and in tribal languages such as Kurukh, Nagri and Mundari, include personal works (letters, diaries) and published works (political pamphlets, newsletters) documenting politics and culture across Jharkhand. Located in private residences of Adivasi leaders such as Bishop Nirmal Minz and Dr Ram Dayal Munda, these materials illuminate the thoughts and actions of communities on the margins of mainstream India, revealing an alternative history of struggle for justice, dignity, and human rights.

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