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Can ‘Beautiful’ Be ‘Backward’? India’s Tribes in a Long-Term Demographic Perspective


  • Arup Maharatna



The paper examines the present condition of tribals in India with a demographic perspective. Construction of a long-term demographic perspective on India’s tribal population rests on the premise that aggregation over diverse tribal groups is valid not only in statistical and quantitative terms, but it is useful both conceptually and operationally.

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  • Arup Maharatna, 2009. "Can ‘Beautiful’ Be ‘Backward’? India’s Tribes in a Long-Term Demographic Perspective," Working Papers id:2191, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:2191 Note: Institutional Papers

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    census; India; India's tribes; tribes; demographic; anthropology; human; civilization; historians; anthropologists; Scheduled Caste; population; British period; SC; sociologists;

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