The Bodos  - Emergence and Assertion of an Ethnic Minority

The Bodos - Emergence and Assertion of an Ethnic Minority

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Author: Sujit Choudhury
Publisher: Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 166
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817986054X


The term Bodo has been used by the older generation of scholars to denote the earliest Indo-Mongoloid migrants to eastern India who subsequently spread over different regions of Bengal, Assam and Tripura. But recent developments make it imperative to redefine the term Bodo and its wider denotation deserves to be abandoned in recognition of the emerging socio-political vocabulary; the Bodo means the plain tribes of western and northern Assam known earlier as the Bodo-Kacharis.

In this monograph also the term Bodo is used in this new sense, meaning the Bodo-Kacharis of the Brahmaputra Valley. Only that aspect of Bodo history has been considered in this study which can be traced on the basis of evidences, direct or indirect, and at same time which is capable of throwing some light on the complex process of formation of the Assamese nationality vis-à-vis the evolution of Bodo society.

This monograph is an attempt to trace different phases of history through which the Bodos emerged as the most dominant ethnic minority of Assam.


What happened in Early History of Assam
Caught between the State and the Church
At the crossroad
Initiation in Parliamentary Politics
Parting of Ways
Towards Confrontation
From Confrontation to Militancy