ISBN 9789350021767,Status of Adivasis/Indigenous Peoples Land Series-5: Assam

Status of Adivasis/Indigenous Peoples Land Series-5: Assam


Luke Daimary


Aakar Books



Aakar Books

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789350021767

ISBN-10 9350021765


Number of Pages 103 Pages
Language (English)


About the Book: Status of Adivasis/Indigenous Peoples LandSeries-5: Assam Assams Tribal Indigenous Communities have been subjectedtomassive violations of their rights to land and otherresources.These communities practice jhum (shifting) cultivation inthe hillyareas and in the plains, wet cultivation. Highlanderswhoexclusively practice shifting cultivation have a system ofcommunalownership of their land, with the clan chief distributingplots ofland for jhuming. The author discusses in detail the main threats toindigenouscommunities. The migrants from Bangladesh and parts ofIndia haveoccupied very large areas of indigenous lands. Takeoverof landsfor infrastructure, industry, military and other projectshas alsoadversely affected the indigenous communities. Communallands havebeen diverted to these projects without any form ofconsultation orlegal process. The forest laws have been used toexpand reservedforests across Assam, further depriving indigenouscommunities oftheir forest rights. Jhum cultivation has beendeclining, primarilyas a result of restrictions placed on it byforest laws. Contents Acknowledgements Preface Executive Summary 1.Background of the State 2.Indigenous Peoples Land Tenure 3.Land Holdings 4.Historical Narrative: Changing Tribal Land Relationship 5.The Processes Of Land Alienation 6.Political Struggles for Self-determination 7.Womens Land Rights 8.Nature of Land Use 9.Border Disputes 10.Conclusions and Recommendations Bibliography Annexure-I Annexure-II Annexure-III About the Author: Luke Daimary Luke Daimary is an Associate Professor in History. He takesaninterest in tribal social issues and has presented severalresearchpapers at national and regional seminars. Currently, he isengagedin project work on the tribal issue in Assam.