Pied Pipers in North East India : Bamboo Flowers Rat Famine and the Politics of Philanthropy

By: Sajal Nag

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Contents Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Famine as a site for production of knowledge. 3. Famine as a site for politics of paternalism. 4. Famine as a site for politics of humanitarianism. 5. Famine as a site for politics of nationalism. Conclusion. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. This book is about an amazing ecological phenomenon known as bamboo flowering. The hill state of Mizoram (India) is covered by a thick growth of two particular species of bamboo which flower and fruit approximately every fifty and thirty years. The bamboo fruits which are a delicacy for the wild rats induce excessive breeding in them. Once these millions of hungry rats finish eating the fruits they invade human habitat and devour their harvest causing extreme food scarcity leading to famine. In the recorded history of Mizo hills this calamity is known to have occurred in 1737 1767 1827 1861 1881 1911 1931 1959 1977 and the predicted famine of 2007 is already ravaging the hills. Earlier the British used this calamity to subdue the valiant Mizos Christian Missionaries to engage in the politics of humanitarianism and the Mizos themselves to whip up nationalist sentiments. The 1959 famine is particularly remembered as it sparked off the 20 year long insurgency in Mizoram. The post colonial government both at the state and centre are currently engaged in an interesting competition of philanthropy to mitigate the current famine. Printed Pages: 308

Title: Pied Pipers in North East India : Bamboo Flowers Rat Famine and the Politics of Philanthropy

Author Name: Sajal Nag

Categories: Sociology, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173043116

ISBN 13: 9788173043116

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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