Dr. V. Srinivasa Rao, Associate Professor and Head, Centre for Regional Studies (CRS), School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, published his 7th book titled Tribal Integration in India: Northeast and Beyond with Rawat Publications.

This is an edited volume with 17 chapters under two different thematic heads. This is the 4th and final book of proposed 4 books as an outcome of the national seminar on “Tribal Policies and Programmes in India: Regional Reflections in the Context of Globalisation” with the financial assistance from TCR&TM, Tribal Welfare Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

Dr. V. Srinivasa Rao

About the Editor

V. Srinivasa Rao is Associate Professor and Head in Centre for Regional Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad. He previously worked in the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) in University of Hyderabad (2009–2017) and Maulana Azad National Urdu University (2007–2009). Before he joined the teaching and research field in the university system, he worked in CARE-India (2002–2007) on the issues such as education, health, food security, and livelihood in the tribal areas of Northern Andhra Pradesh in a project called ‘Sustainable Tribal Empowerment Project’ funded by the European Union (EU). His edited books including the recent are ‘Adivasi Rights and Exclusion in India’ (2019), published by Routledge, ‘Disadvantaged Tribes of India’ (2021), ‘Tribal Livelihood and Governance’ (2021) and Challenges of Tribal Development (2021) by Rawat publications. He also authored two books out of which one is published by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi. He has published his research findings in peer-reviewed journals, such as Economic and Political Weekly, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, and Indian Journal of Public Administration.

About the Book

Tribal Integration in India: Northeast and Beyond provides a critical insight to understand the regional concerns on tribal issues in India. Tribal population in India are heterogeneous, representing multiple cultures, languages, religious beliefs with myriad regional diversity spread from North to South and East to West, including the Northeast. Then, if this is the reality, would it be possible to think about their integration? What does integration mean in the context of tribes in India? Is it cultural integration, religious integration, ethnic integration, economic integration, social integration or political integration?

In the context of analysing tribal issues in India, ‘region’ is always a robust term. The region influences the livelihood, culture, ethnicity, religious practices, language, health, development etc. The region would always impact the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of the people. Region, apart from other variables, constitutes a primary variable that differentiates the Northeast India and rest of the Northeast.

Part-I of the volume discusses the tribal issues of the Northeast region, and Part-II covers the tribal issues of non-Northeast region. Reflecting on the observations and discussions brought by each author in their respective chapters, it appears majorly that the tribes in Northeast region need state support and the tribes in the rest of Northeast regions need societal support to streamline their never-ending issues. The central issue of the tribes in India is not ‘integration’ as intends by the state, but to address their primary problems about social, cultural, economic, ecological, administrative and political issues.

The state and the society are expected to perform their roles to address diverse tribal issues in the Northeast and rest of the Northeast regions, instead of promulgating the integration of tribes merely on the political reasons.





E. Ravindra Babu, Mission Director, TCR&TM, Tribal Welfare, Government of AP


Editor and Contributors


V. Srinivasa Rao


Part I: Tribes in the Northeast Region: Need State Attention


  1. The Changing ‘Continuities’: Understanding Northeast India under Globalisation

 Gorky Chakraborty

  1. The Status of Forest Policies in Sixth Schedule Areas: Reflections on the Role of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC)

Vulli Dhanaraju and Rupali Rongpipi

  1. The Politics of Ethnic Identity Formation in Northeast India: A Critical Review

R. K Bijeta


  1. Cultural Traditions of the Karbis in Northeast India: Change and Continuity

Amphu Terangpi

  1. Forest Rights Act: A Comparative Study of Mizoram and Odisha

Benjamin Lalfakzuala

  1. Customary Law and the Pei of the Kabui/Rongmei in the Valley of Manipur: A Contemporary Perspective

Gaishinlu Kamson

  1. Multiculturalism and Ethnic Nationalism in Northeast India

Hrilthangmawi Pakhuongte


Part II: Tribes in Rest of the Northeast Region: Need Societal Attention


  1. Towards Insecurity and Dependent Development: The State of Scheduled Tribes in Central India

S.N. Chaudhary

  1. Gender, Empowerment and Property Rights: A Study of the Sabar Tribal Women of Purulia District, West Bengal

Sephali Mohanta and Nilakantha Panigrahi

  1. Transition of Scheduled Tribes: A Study of Socio-Economic Impact on their Livelihood

Boya Sree Manasa and V. Srinivasa Rao

  1. Contextualising Non-Timber Forest Products in Tribal Livelihood: An Empirical Analysis in Bilaspur District, Chhattisgarh

Subhandu Patra

  1. Debating Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s Views on Tribal Justice: Retrospect and Prospect

Aniruddha Babar

  1. Poverty, Deprivation and Tribal Rights in India: The Case of Dana Majhi’s Kalahandi

Kamalakanta Roul

  1. Development, Displacement and the Desolation of Tribal Communities: A Reflection from Scheduled Areas of Odisha

Sumit Kumar Minz

  1. Lores and Performances of the Mavilan Tribe of Kerala

Joly Puthussery and Ashokan Oliyakkal

  1. Historical Trajectories of Non-Tribal Presence in Tribal Society: A Study in Andhra Pradesh

M. Pushpavalli and Sreepati Ramudu

  1. Religious Patterns and Changes: An Anthropological Study among the Gond Tribes

Puja Kumari