Identity, Development and Marginalization: A Journey Through Tribal Life

Gouranga Chattopadhyay preferred to call these ethnic communities as ‘Fringe Communities’ with the argument that ‘Certain communities in India have tended to stay on the fringes of the Indian society, in terms of participation in the economic, political and ritual structures, for as long as history takes us back…

“Identity, Development and Marginalization: A Journey Through Tribal Life” by Kakali Chakrabarty

Marriage Ceremony Of Dharmaraja

Dharmaraja is one of the primordial folk Gods of Bengal. Rituals of worshiping Dharmaraja is very own culture of folk Bengal. Mahamopadhyay Haraprasad Sastri was the one who enlightened Dharmaraja to the elite society. According to him, Dharmaraja was the counterpart of Lord Buddha and the origin of Dharmaraja was from Buddhism’s Triratna (Buddha, Dharma […]

Buraraj Temple of Jamalpur, East Burdwan

Shyamal Kumar Ghosh ” ‘Buro’ from ‘Buro Shiva’ and ‘Raj’ of ‘Dharmaraj’, together with ‘Buroraj’ . Usually by adding ‘Nath’ or ‘Iswar’ is common in this country, not with ‘Raj’. Jamalpur has got it because there are two gods together has become folk deities for the people there.” -Binoy Ghosh There is a railway station, […]


Faruque Abdullah Beedi industry has grown-up as an important business in Murshidabad district in the state of West Bengal. In this industry, women outnumber others. Women laborers engaged in beedi industry account for 72.4% of the whole women working force in Murshidabad and this percentage may increase as all of them are not always registered. […]