Organized Panel Session
1 - Displacing Gonds of Gondwana: Colonial Policies for Land Rights of Gonds in Central India
Friday, July 6
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Marigold, New Building
- The research paper discuses the changing policies of land rights of Gonds mainly in the Mahur and Kinwat regions of central India during the late eighteenth and nineteenth century. Gonds mainly inhabited the central and Western Indian regions of the India. They are the largest indigenous community of India. Gonds determined their region of habitation as ‘Gondwana’ as per the literary and folk based evidences. In the late 18th century many of the areas under Gonds were taken over by the Bhonsle Sardars of Maratha regime and Nizam’s of Hyderabad. With the coming of British colonialists in central India in the early decades of nineteenth century, the land holding systems of Marathas and Nizam’s were continued with increased land revenue and consolidation of the private property rights, accelerating the community land alienations and political marginalization of the Gonds.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, India