Jai Jaipal!, Jai Adibasi!: Lecture by Saagar Tewari

Saagar Tewari delivered a lecture on ‘Jai Jaipal!, Jai Adibasi!: A Forgotten Saga of Minority Politics (1935-1950)’. It was chaired by Prathama Banerjee.


Hailing from the Chota Nagpur region, Pramod Pahan a.k.a. Jaipal Singh Munda remains an enigmatic figure in the history of twentieth century tribal solidarity movements. He was a harbinger of a future minority politics in a democratic set-up which stressed upon a language of cultural distinctiveness and indigeneity. This lecture analyses how Munda’s demand for Jharkhand based on decentralized autonomous administration of predominantly tribal areas was brushed aside by the leadership of the newly independent nation-state of India. It will outline some striking resemblances and contrasts between Jaipal Singh Munda and the pioneering leader of Dalits, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

Saagar Tewari is a historian of modern India and teaches at the O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat. His forthcoming book looks at the administrative, anthropological and nationalist frameworks surrounding the ‘aboriginal tribes’ in the late colonial period.

Prathama Banerjee is Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Monday, 24 January 2022, 4 pm, Zoom https://bit.ly/33rQ3pt