Kolam Tribals (The)Castes and Tribes of India Series
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About the Book :
"The Kolam Tribals" is on a tribal community which has not much attracted the attention of the anthropological researchers. Ethnologically akin to Gonds, the tribe has got its own identity inspite of migration to different adjoining districts as well as states. In Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra State it is classified as a primitive tribe and finds its habitat primarily in districts from Vidharbha and Marathwada regions. Apart from poverty and ignorance, lack of social cohesion and tribal leadership at district or state levels from their community has kept these tribals at a relatively disadvantageous position as compared to other similar tribals in their neighbourhood. This book attempts to depict an ethnographic profile of the tribe and also to discuss some of their socio-cultural as well as economic problems. Even their traditional methods of dispensation of justice have been studied. A chapter on the Folk-Literature of the Kolam tribals also enriches the knowledge about their tribal genre.
About Author :
S.G. Deogaonkar has been a teacher and scholar in Political Science for the last thirty-five years. He holds Masters degrees in Political Science and Public Administration and is LL.M in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. In addition he holds a Ph. D. degree in Social Science. His field of specialisation is Constitutional law, Political Anthropology and Tribal Development. Dr. Deoganokar has completed many post-doctoral research projects for the U.G.C. and ICSSR and was a National (Post-doctoral) Research Fellow in Tribal Development of the Ministry of Welfare, Government of India. He has participated in numerous conferences seminars including the Xth international Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. He was a Member Participant of the Socio-Economic Groups on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for formulation of the Eighth Five year Plan Schemes constituted under the Backward Classes Division of the Planning Commission. He is a Non-official Member on the Governing Council of the Tribal Research and Training Institute of the Government of Maharashtra, Pune, and a coopted Member of the Humanities and Social Sciences School of the Yashvantrao Chavan, Maharashtra Open University at Nasik (Maharashtra). He is a member of the zonal Advisory Board of the Western Zone of the Life Insurance Corporation of India. Dr. Deogaonkar has published many works like. Administration for Rural Development in India: Political Anthropology; tribal Exploitation; Tribal Administration and Development; The Banjaras; The Hill Korwas; Tribal Development Plans, etc. At present, Dr. Deogaonkar is working as Head, Department of Political Science, at the Anand Niketan College Warora Maharashtra). Simultaneously, he is also working as Honorary Chief Research Scientist, at the Centre for Social Science Research on Leprosy, at the Gandhi Memorial leprosy Foundation at Wardha.
Leena S. Deogaonkar (alias Mrs. Leena Anirudh Baxi) is an advocate practising at Bombay High Court Mumbai. She is an LL.M. in Constitutional Law and for some time was a lecturer in Law, at the Government Law College, Churchgate, Mumbai. She has studied the problems of Law and Justice in some tribal societies of Maharashtra.