What role the discipline of anthropology played to address complex tribal issues in India's Northeast region and what about the growth of anthropological and other related knowledge to deal with the emergent contemporary issues to rethink about the tribal situation across the ethnic, divides.
India's Northeast represent a large number of diverse tribes whose unique adaptive strategy made this huge geographical space in to a cultural space. However, tribal situation in Northeast has gained huge research attention across the world because of the complexities of the issues related to bio-cultural diversities, ethnicity, historicity of the people, tribal people's response to variegated state policies, and their on going negotiation processes in a globalise world. These have accelerated the process of transition/transformation among the diverse tribal population depending on their exposure to the forces of change and intricate link to the wider socio-political realities of life. This panel seeks to understand what role the discipline of anthropology played historically to address such complex issues in this region and what about the growth of anthropological and other related diciplines to deal with the emergent contemporary issues, which has local, regional as well as global implications to rethink about the tribal situation across the ethnic divides.