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Meet the U.P. Tribes

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Item Code: HAS051
Author: Amir Hasan
Publisher: B.R. Publishing Corporation
Language: English
Edition: 2024
ISBN: 9788119808892
Pages: 126 (B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9x6 inch
Weight 310 gm
Book Description
About the Book

This is the second collection of articles by Amir Hasan on tribal communities of Uttar Pradesh covering varied aspects of their life ranging from their personal life to their economic bondage, their joys and sorrows, their bewilderment in rapidly changing surroundings, and also their dilemmas. The articles highlight the problems of the adivasis and offer constructive suggestions for their development. Lucidly written, the book will be useful and illuminating to social scientists, administrators and social workers alike.

About the Author

Amir Hasan, dedicated his life to the welfare of tribals. His interest was ignited when he was working as a research scholar of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research at the Central Fuel Institute, Jealgora, Dhanbad (Bihar) in 1953- 1954. This led to a long association with the tribals. Later, as a civil servant, he maintained a dedicated and productive association with the tribals and their welfare. His large collection of authored books is a result of his intensive live research.


Our earliest memories of our father, Dr. Amir Hasan (1929- 92) are of an author at work. Every morning, we would find him diligently working on some article, paper or book chapter. An early riser, his writing work would be taken up after a walk and a spot of gardening .He would be surrounded by reference books, loose sheets of paper and a tea tray precariously balanced in the midst of it all. One by one, we would wake up and troop to where our parents were having their morning tea. He welcomed us with a smile and read out parts of what he was working on. We were treated to beautifully worded narratives of Awadh, his experiences with the tribals of Tarai and on some rare occasions tribal folklore and also Awadhi shayari. All this was delivered in his deep mesmerizing voice which overrode the early morning chirping of birds and the whisper of breeze in the trees. The scents of the earth rose in the background from the plants he had watered when the rest were still asleep. We were given small proof-reading tasks in the summer vacations. We got to work after breakfast and competed with each other to complete our tasks. We were amateurs and perhaps our work yielded no real results but we learnt camaraderie, team work and we learnt to be proud of our ink-stained fingers. This was the nourishment we grew up on and this was the exposure that enriched our childhood and furnished us with a legacy for life. Our father did not teach us how to become authors. Through sharing his interests with us, he taught us a way of life. His writing was his hobby. He was a civil servant dedicated to the nation and his profession. By sharing his interests with us, he shared values, wisdom and notions of nobility.


It was in the year 1971 that I published my first collection of articles on the primitive peoples of U.P. under the title 'A Bunch of Wild Flowers and Other Articles'. This work is necessarily a continuation of the earlier work, being a collection of articles written from 1971 onwards.

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