connecting ppl in India, connecting ppl interested in India... :) Hope that the interactions are as diverse as India. You can discuss anthropology/social sciences about India, on India, from India & much more..

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some links...

anthropology survey of india
Glimpses of South Asia before 1947
Indian Anth. Assoc. - a very good resource...
French Institute of Pondicherry
dse centre for development..

following is an update on july 26... - india logic forum
indology definition on wikipedia - gives the anthropological basis for india

following is an update on aug 2
economic and political weekly - current understanding of Indian politics, economics and policies... more sociology/economics based than anthropology based.. sometimes, good articles based on history.. has a lot abt culture etc... Its probably a good Indian equivalent of ny review of books and london review of books... - some good resources/books etc.. for Indians... I think there are some free pdfs also ...

do you know anymore anth./sociology/social sciences resources?

Discussion Forum

gold economy of india

I have been observing over the last few years,that in our society gold is playing a very important role.The role of print/audio/visual media has been  tremendous in this aspect.Religious practices of…Continue

Started by monica sharma bajpai May 7, 2011.

What are you doing these days that is related to India?! 1 Reply

What are you all researching on?! Anything interesting that you have read in the recent past on India, about India etc...Continue

Started by srikanth thunga. Last reply by Amy Hannington Dec 31, 2010.

sanskrit - language of gods in the land of men?

Has anyone gotten their hands on the sheldon pollocks book? If yes, Opinion?!Continue

Tags: sanskrit

Started by srikanth thunga Jun 22, 2010.

Buddhism - Origins - Benoy Behl 2 Replies

IT was the beginning of the first millennium B.C. There were many principalities in the northern plains of India. Some of them were Jana-Samghas, ruled by elected councils. In others, the concept of…Continue

Tags: behl, benoy, buddhism

Started by srikanth thunga. Last reply by srikanth thunga Aug 12, 2009.

retail chains - impact on farming community in India..

The proliferation of retail chains in India will have varied implications to the farming community...Things to keep in mind before getting on to the article...US is a vast place... Most agricultural…Continue

Tags: farming, chains, retail, epw

Started by srikanth thunga Aug 11, 2009.

Architectural Commonsense - Laurie Baker

Mostly worked in Kerela since 1945A short snippet abt the authors profile... (from the last link)I AM 80 years old, and in my childhood India was a fairytale land of rajas, silks and spices, tigers,…Continue

Tags: baker, laurie, slum, architecture

Started by srikanth thunga Aug 7, 2009.


Avadhana is a unique classical Indian art of spontaneous creation. It is a feat of the mind. Avadhana literally means concentration. Its origin is said to date back to 1st B.C. The oldest available…Continue

Tags: heatheninhisblindness, art, avadhana

Started by srikanth thunga Aug 4, 2009.

Indian Art - Benoy K Behl

A series on Indian Art (in 25 parts) by Benoy K. Behl - Part 21…Continue

Tags: frontline, hoysala, architecture

Started by srikanth thunga Aug 3, 2009.

request - describe india group...

Pls. help me in updating the description for this group..India evokes a much broader interest in a lot of people due to the uniqueness/richness of history/culture.The initial idea was to get all the…Continue

Tags: definition

Started by srikanth thunga Aug 2, 2009.

The Language of the Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture, and Power in Premodern India

The author, Sheldon Pollock has a very interesting profile He has a paper on Indian…Continue

Tags: pollock, sanskrit

Started by srikanth thunga Aug 2, 2009.

Ji Xianlin

Ji Xianlin, Chinese Indologist passed away.. it went unnoticed in India..…Continue

Tags: buddhism, indologist, chinese, indology

Started by srikanth thunga Jul 31, 2009.

The focus of Indian anthropology 1 Reply

What are the main intellectual and research issues for Indian anthropologists? That is, what do anthropologists from India regard as the main focus of their research?

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by srikanth thunga Jul 23, 2009.

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Comment by Arnab Sen on July 19, 2011 at 9:01am

Hi all

I am interested in space and territoriality in the context of indigenous homelands in India or South East Asia. Any suggestions on possible institutional affiliation / funding?

Comment by Arnab Sen on July 19, 2011 at 8:59am

@Amy since you've walked into a conflict zone I'd suggest reading some of the anthropological literature on resistance in South America and stuff on mining in Africa. You probably have read Renato Rosaldo on copper mining in Zambia. Or Gerrit Huizer on the Zapatista,

Comment by Amy Hannington on December 31, 2010 at 2:58pm


I'm just about to make my first fieldwork trip to Orissa, where I hope to be living with the Dongria Kondh. These are a group you will no doubt have heard of, who this year won a campaign against Vedanta mining
company taking the mountain they live on for aluminium mining. I'm
interested in how they won this, could it be used as a model for other
indigenous groups, and more about the Kondhs' beliefs and way of life.

Any hints, readings and contacts that anyone has for this area would be much appreciated, particularly as this is my first fieldwork trip! I'm an MA social anthropology student at Bristol, UK.

Cheers for now, look forward to hearing from some of you.


Comment by ESWARAPPA KASI on September 19, 2009 at 7:20am
I am Dr. Eswarappa Kasi is currently Guest Faculty and taught a course titled ‘Tribes and Other Backward Communities in India’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India during January- May 2009 Semester.
In the coming semester (July-December 2009), I will be teaching a course titled ‘Fieldwork and Research Methods’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India.
PhD Topic: “An Anthropological Study of Livelihoods: A case of Two Sugali Settlements in Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh”.
Link to my PhD Thesis:
M.Phil Topic: “Developments and Change due to Sericulture: A Village Study” in Chittoor District. The study analyzes the upliftment of rural Livelihoods (sericulturists) of Kotha Indlu village, as a result of Implementation of Development programmes, as part of M.Phil.

Masters Dissertation: “Life Cycle Rituals among the Koyas of Boddugudem: An Ethnographic Study”. The study is conducted in the village of Boddugudem in ITDA, Bhadrachalam, to find out the role of life cycle rituals and their belief systems in their daily life activities, as part of MA course.
My new book based on my M.Phil Work is being published titled as ‘ANTHROPOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT IN A GLOBALIZED INDIA: AN ETHNOGAPHY OF SERI-CULTURE FROM THE SOUTH’, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1345-7, Isbn: 1-4438-1345-1
Book Link:
This book seeks to portray sericulture as a crop enterprise which is emerging as one of the foremost significance for theoretical and methodological understandings in the disciplines of sociology and social anthropology in India. Thus, anthropological analysis of sericulture and its emergence in development literature gives us an idea of the activity leading to further theoretical and critical studies. Anthropological understanding of sericulture and its development, as studied by scholars of different disciplines across the states of India, is therefore thoroughly explained. Sericulture is best suited to a country like India where manpower and land resources are in surplus. It generates direct and indirect employment in various ways. More and more farmers in India have taken up sericulture activity which, once confined to only five states, has now spread to almost all the states of India. Sericulture also creates gainful employment for women and aged people at home with minimum risk. Thus, the analysis clearly establishes the importance of sericulture over other agricultural practices in the generation of fresh employment opportunities in rural areas. Further, it is shown that as a predominant sector of rural development, stability is the vital requirement for sericulture enterprise.

Special Issue Editor- MAN IN INDIA Journal:
2009 Jointly with (Dr. R. Siva Prasad) Special issue Theme on ‘Issues and Perspectives in Anthropology Today’ for the Journal MAN IN INDIA, (Vol. 89, (I &2) 2009). In this anthology, we have taken a specific device to highlight the trends of research in anthropology and through which multifarious human dimensions conditioned by present day circumstances principally in Indian Contexts which have been explored.
Edited Books:
1) Dimensions of Social Exclusion: Ethnographic Explorations, jointly with K.M. Zoyauddin , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (http://www.c-s- Exclusion--Ethnographic-Explorations1- 4438-1342-7.htm). Isbn13:978-1-4438-1342-6, Isbn: 1-4438-1342-7
2) Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, jointly with Panchanan Mohanty, and Ramesh C. Malik , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (
ISBN: Isbn13: 9781847185839, ISBN: 1-84718-583-5 (Hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-4438-0132-4, ISBN: 1-4438-0132-1 (Paperback)
Edited Books (In Press):
1) Jointly With (Ramesh C. Malik) ‘Theory and Practice of Ethnography: Readings from the Periphery’ Rawat Publications, Jaipur, India.
The book Theory and Practice of Ethnography is an anthology of research papers contributed by illustrious scholars from India and abroad. Theoretical and empirical layout of the Ethnography, Language, Literature, Culture, Rethinking History and Social Development are significantly accentuated in the present book. Ethnography is highly entertained in the search of the concept of the other which is elaborately discussed in the book. The main emphasis of the contributions highlight the deprivation-economic, social, cultural and linguistic among the marginalized groups of Indian society mainly; women, tribal, and the downtrodden. Ethnography is both a process and a product, in this direction, the entire exercise in this volume focuses on applying the different methodological tools of ethnography.

2) ‘Rethinking Developmental Discourse in the 21st Century India’, New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2009.
In order to understand the dynamics of development in the 21st century India, an attempt is made in the book to address the themes which cover the range of theoretical and empirical understandings in the field of interdisciplinary works of scholars drawn from across the disciplines. Thus, it makes a link between field experiences and the classroom debates and discussions. The book also tried to portray the debates of contemporary developmental discourse and how far are they reaching to the common man or the poor in the contemporary Indian Society.
Comment by Keith Hart on September 2, 2009 at 6:13pm
Hi Srikanth, I hope you haven't been put off by the low level of activity in August. I found the variety and specificity of the threads you started really interesting, but I had little to say about them, since I am not an expert. Of course it may be that you are very busy now. It seems that the majority of members are from outside India, yet there are quite a few Indians in the OAc and India ranks about 8th in visitors' countries. How do you account for that discrepancy and what should we do about it? I should say that my second home is in Durban, the largest Indian city in the world outside India.
Comment by srikanth thunga on August 4, 2009 at 6:52pm
I agree on the extremist attitude at nationalinterest but it was my primary source of policy news for long. It makes good example of a couple of attitudes that Phil had mentioned. Its good that I mentioned it; I got to know of a better resource: SARAI.. Thanks :)
I am still an explorer.. :)
Comment by Keith Hart on August 4, 2009 at 5:42pm
Arvind, It would be good to try to get some of the SARAI types interested in the OAC. I was in fairly frequent contact at one time, but have dropped out of touch.
Comment by Venkman Whoisnothere on August 4, 2009 at 5:00pm
@Phil: you might enjoy Tamas, by Bhisham Sahni, which deals with the Partition as it unfolds (if you haven't read/watched it already).

@Srikanth: I looked at - I find it very incendiary and extremist, and seems to be written by Chanakya-types and 'political analysts'. What's much interesting - and invidious - are the everyday attitudes towards all this. There's some good writing on this from SARAI:

Reader 04: Crisis/Media
On representing the Musalman: Shahid Amin
Mumbai(Dongri)-Gujarat-Mumbai-Kashmir : Pages from my Diary - Zainab Bawa

Reader 06: Turbulence
A Kashmiri's 'Encounter' with Delhi: Bismillah Gilani
Comment by srikanth thunga on August 4, 2009 at 6:26am
When I commented, I had a policy perspective to it. Just have a look at blogs. You see so much discussion on our defense and foreign policies. They are heavily biased wrt to Pakistan.

Yeah, I spoke too much from personal experiences and not really thinking about other places/ppl of India... The personal bias might have been because of higher education and living in an urban city...
Sorry for my earlier biased perspective.
I have just heard of those books. I will read them to get some more perspectives on this issue...
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on August 3, 2009 at 11:37pm
Srikanth: You say that people inside India from all sects/religions mingle with each other and are friendly enough to attend religious events of other religions etc..., which is certainly an attractive picture. But I have to say that not everything I saw in India conforms with this. Some of my apparently reasonable, tolerant, and humane friends in Rajasthan were shockingly antagonistic to fellow Indian Muslims, really paranoic about the threat they posed. I am sure I do not have to inform you about the terrible communal violence in Gujarat and elsewhere. I have recently read The Assassin's Song, by M. G. Vassanji, a fine novel that takes as a theme mutual tolerance, syncretism, and communal violence. Even Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry, about Parsees, another fine novel, touches on Hindu extremist nationalist groups. This is not to deny the dominant tendency of religious tolerance and syncretism in Hinduism, which is certainly impressive.

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