IIT Mandi faculty publishes book on ‘politics of ethnic renewal’ in Himalayan region
An employee from the Indian Institute of Technology IIT Mandi, school of humanities and sociologies, Nilamber Chhetri has distributed a book named ‘politics of ethnic renewal’. The ethnopolitics of the Darjeeling region are the subject of the book.
The book discusses the rise in a scheduled tribe’s demands for autonomy, rights, and recognition. The book makes a connection between the discussion of ethnic mobilization in the hills and the broader politics of classification and categorization in the region. The books expects to offer a top to bottom comprehension of the political environment of Darjeeling.
The published book discusses the manner in which the region’s inhabitants negotiate for their identity and the nature of such demands. It further exhibits that the ethnopolitics unfurling in Darjeeling have a wide-scale application to comprehend comparative acknowledgment battles unfurling in South Asia. The author argues that the politics of contemporary India are to blame for the recent push for ST status. The book is written for researchers, students, and academics working on state classification and categorization politics.
According to a press release, the book’s engaged discussion of the classificatory practices and discourse of cultural rights and affirmative action in India can benefit policymakers, activists, and law students. Nilamber Chhetri, an IIT Mandi professor, remarked on the book, ” The book is opportune as it considers the verbose methodologies embraced by ethnic relationship to approach their ways of life as crude and native gatherings occupying the slopes. At the same time the book catches the practices through which ethnic gatherings re-cast their characters and backtrack their ancestry in the custom setting.” “In this regard, the book offers a crucial reading of the performative and discursive claims of ethnic groups in Darjeeling,” he added. A diachronic analysis of ethnic mobilization in Darjeeling based on regional and group recognition is also provided in the book.
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