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Sarthak Sengupta

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The inspiring collection of research articles accommodated in the present compilation includes eighteen contributions by eminent anthropologists focusing on various contemporary concerns relating to the status of women, gender and ethnicity, identity dynamics, cultural heritages, ethnoarchaeological aspects, the impact of Christianity, traditional village institutions, elderly health care perceptions, changes in tribal folklore, altitudinal stress among varied ethnic inhabitants of North East India. The volume covers an extensive canvass bringing together empirical research works and pinpoints the reality of the lifestyle of the people and is expected to grasp attention from a wide range of related academic disciplines and would provide information and inspiring thoughts to the academicians, researchers, administrators, policymakers and planners' about the region.


Sarthak Sengupta received his M.Sc (1977) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in Anthropology from Dibrugarh and Gauhati University respectively. He also worked with the Anth-ropological Survey of India, Government of India and North Eastern Hill University, Shillong for quite some time and conducted intensive field studies among diverse tribes and castes in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Uttar Pradesh. Professor Sengupta in all has about 270 research articles published in various reputed national and international professional journals besides several chapters in edited volumes. Moreover, he has to his own credit twenty well-knitted books on North East Indian tribes. He has mentored ten number of Ph.D. and completed several major research projects being sponsored by U.G.C.; ICSSR; DST; ICMR; Indian Tea Board etc.

Professor Sengupta is associated with many Indian Universities in the matters
of Post Graduate education in Anthropology. He is an active life and executive member of several professional anthropological bodies and member of editorial boards of The Indian Journal of Anthropology, INCAA, West Bengal; Genus Homo, WBSU, West Bengal; Bulletin of the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University; Vision NE, Lakhimpur, Assam.

Dr. Sengupta is at present Professor, Department of Anthropology; and Director (i/c), Centre for North East Studies, Dibrugarh University, Assam. His current research interest is genetical demography, globin gene distribution, population genetics, bio-social studies, diet and nutrition, indigenous health practices and disadvantaged tribal population groups of North East India.


Foreword . 11

Preface . 13

Acknowledgements . 17

List of Contributors . 19

List of Tables . 21

1. Prehistoric Archaeological Research in Northeast India: A Critical Review . 23
—H. C. Mahanta
• Prehistoric Archaeological Research. Evidence of Human Occupation. Early • Holocene Evidence. Neolithic Origin. Megalithic Tradition. Prehistoric Cultural

2. The System of Village Council among Tribes of Northeast India: A Preliminary Appraisal . 39
—Dali Dutta and Sarthak Sengupta
• Traditional Village Council. Tribes of Northeast India. Chieftainship. • Democratic Organization. Gerontocratic System. Panchayati Raj System.

3. An Interface of Gender and Ethnicity in Northeast India: An Exploration . 55
—Lucy T. V. Zehol
• Gender and Ethnicity. Women. Race and Class. Anthropological Approach.

4. Salvage Ethnoarchaeological Research in Northeast India: Perspective and Practicality . 61
—Mayanglambam ManiBabu
• Salvage Ethnoarchaeology. Ethnography. New and Postprocessual Archaeology. • Indigenous Tribal Population. Northeast India.

5. Bio-cultural Perspective of Reproductive Health among the Women of Northeast India . 89
—Juri Borah and Sarthak Sengupta
• Hygienic Practice. Reproductive Tract Infection. Dysmenorrhea. Menorrhagia. • Hypermenorrhagia. Oligomenorrhagia. Amenomenorrhagia.

6. Living on the Edge: The Missing Status of Mishing in Arunachal Pradesh . 103
—Ratna Tayeng
• Native Mishing. Non-Native Mishing. Citizenship. Borderlanders. Mishings.

7. Population Composition of the High and Low Altitude Monpa of Arunachal Pradesh . 115
—D. K. Adak, T. Baruah, P. Bharati, P. Kashyap, J. Phukan and P. Chetry
• Population Structure. Altitudinal Difference. Monpa. Arunachal Pradesh.

8. Morpho-genetic and Behavioural Traits among the Sherdukpens of Arunachal Pradesh . 131
—Haobijam Vokendro S.
• ABO Blood Groups. Rh Factor. Ear Wax. Hypertrichosis. Morphological and • Behavioural Traits.

9. Spectrum of Vaishnavite Mask in the Majuli Island of Assam . 137
—Arifur Zaman
•Cultural Heritage. Majuli Island. Mask and its Types. Socio-cultural • Significance. Neo-Vaishnavism. Satra.

10. Traditional Village Institutions of the Karbis of Assam . 147
—R.P. Athparia
• Traditional Village Institution. Karbi Tribe. Traditional Administration. Village • Council. Impact of Colonial Rule. Autonomous Council. Panchati Raj

11. Association between Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure and Age: A Study among Ahoms of North Lakhimpur, Assam . 159
—M. Gogoi and G. Begum
• Ahom Adults. Body Mass Index. Obesity. Systolic Blood Pressure. Diastolic • Blood Pressure.

12. Elderly Health Care: Needs and Strategies for Services . 177
—Chandana Sarmah
• Tiwa and Karbi Tribe. Ageing of Population. Demographic Characters. Health • and Nutritional Status. Socio-economic Condition. Health Condition of Elderly.
Health Care Resources.

13. Maternal Mid Upper Arm Circumference before Delivery and Newborn Birth Weight among Paite of Churachandpur, Manipur. 191
—Evelyn Ngaithianven and R. K. Pathak
• Nutritional Status. Birth Weight. Maternal Mid Upper Arm Circumference. • Paite Tribe. Manipur.

14. Revisiting the Status of Tribal Women: Deconstructing Matriliny among the Khasi . 197
—Chandra Jyoti Sonowal
• Status of Tribal Women. Gender Differentiation. Gender Sub-ordination and • Violence. Khasi Matriliny and Authority. Mythology and Folk Narratives.

15. Life in Melody: The Musical World of the Garo . 223
—Geetika Ranjan and Pynshailang Dohling
• Tribal Music. Music among Garo. Garo Musical Instruments. Garo Musician. • Religious Music. Social Relevance. Nontemporary Scenario.

16. The Role of Church in the Rise of Political Consciousness: The Mizoram Example . 235
—Rajat Kanti Das
• Introduction of Christianity. Mizoram. Role of Church. Proselytization and • Reforms. Political Upheavals. Insurgency. Social Uprising.

17. The Deeper Necessity: Folklore and the Lepchas . 249
—Sumitabha Chakraborty and Namgyal Lepcha
• Lepcha Folklore. Oral Traditions. Cultural Heritages.

18. Lifestyle Correlates of Metabolic Syndrome among a Tribal Population Inhabiting Sikkim, India . 261
—Barun Mukhopadhyay and Sovanjan Sarkar
• Bhutia. Sikkim. Metabolic Syndrome. Life Style Related Variables. Dietary • and Socio-economic Variables.

Index . 275

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