Social and Cultural Life of Jharkhand
The state of Jharkhand is a recent phenomenon, established in November-2000 A.D. which is inhabited mostly by the aboriginals like the Santals, the Mundas, the Bhumijs, the Oraons and the like. These people are the toilers who could not change their lifestyle till the time of independence of India from the British yoke. "Social and Cultural Life of Jharkhand-Tales" depicts the social and cultural lifestyle of the Jharkhand with their traditional beliefs, struggles from existence and their hankering for lands etc. fifty years back although the picture does not vary much. The present book is in the form of story telling yet the stories are not at all imaginary but based on reality mostly on the life of the people of Jharkhand who are now in progress in their newly formed state.
Sudhir Karan (b.1923) is a well known litterateur especially of the Bengali language. He was born in the borderland of West Bengal and Jharkhand. He obtained his M.A. degree and Ph.D. from the University of Calcutta (Kolkata) and in the professional field he worked as the Principal of Suri Vidyasagar College (Near Santiniketan) and also worked as the Reader of the Bengali language and literature in the University of Burdwan. As a senior Research scholar he compiled a dictionary of Western Bengali and Jharkhandi dialect. Dr. Karan is honoured as the honorary fellow of the Asiatic society. Other than many learned articles in Bengali and English he is also a creative writer and he has written short stories, novels and poems; his field of research covers mainly folklore and linguistics and he has been awarded "Dinesh Chandra Sen Smriti Puraskar" by the Rajya Academy of the Govt. of West Bengali. We have already published his book on Indology namely "Thus flows the Ganges" and this time we have focused the tribal lives of Jharkhand in this book.
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