Jharkhand
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The state of Jharkhand, founded in 2000 from the southern districts of Bihar, includes the Chhotanagpur Plateau and the Santal Parganas. Though a “tribal” state, with the Munda, Santal, Ho, and Oraon as the largest tribal populations, it has a Hindu majority, due to immigration from the plains. The terms “tribe” and “tribal” are used to refer to populations who claim to have a distinct identity from the Hindu castes (see Bates, 1995; Carrin, forthcoming, for a discussion of the term “tribe”; Bha…

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Marine Carrin, “Jharkhand”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 14 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_1010020020>
First published online: 2012



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