LD18
Dominant caste and their culture: Health perspective of the indigenous communities in the South Asian subcontinent and beyond

Convenors:
Maralusiddaiah Halasur Matt (Anthropological Survey of India)
Krishna Prasad (KPSC)
Chair:
Dr.H.M.Maralusiddaiah
Discussant:
Dr.Digvijaynath Pandey
Location:
University Place 4.208
Start time:
8 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

India is a country having different caste and tribes and indigenous people live in areas very rich in natural resources. With increasing globalization, there are attempts by outside forces to control and exploit these resources affecting the health and culture and economy of indigenous people.

Long abstract:

India occupies a strategic position in Asia. For millennia the social organization in India was characterized by hierarchical caste system. In India many communities are dominant in socially, politically and economically. Indigenous communities are ethnic groups who are native to a land or region, especially before the arrival and intrusion of a foreign and possibly dominating culture. They are a group of people whose members share a cultural identity that has been shaped by their geographical region. Indigenous peoples are increasingly faced with threats to their sovereignty, environment, land and forest, and access to natural resources. They are dominated by the neighboring caste people and facing different problems. This panel calls for papers about the indigenous people and their culture and health condition compared with the dominant communities.