The Sundarbans: Folk Deities, Monsters and Mortals
The lower deltaic Bengal, the Sundarbans has always had a life of its own, unique in its distinctive natural aspect and social development. Geographical and ecological evidence indicates that most of the area used to be once covered with dense, impenetrable jungle even as patches of cultivation sprang intermittently into life and then disappeared. A continuous struggle ensued between man and nature, as portrayed in the punthi literature that thrived in lower deltaic Bengal between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. The construction of a permanent railroad connecting Calcutta to Canning further facilitated the influx of new ideas and these, subsequently, found expression in the spreading of co-operative movements, formation of peasant organizations, and finally culminated in open rebellion by the peasants (Tebhaga Movement). The struggle between men and the dangerous forests was therefore overshadowed by the conflict among men. This book will be of great interest to students of history, sociology, anthropology and economic geography.
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24 Parganas agricultural Arjan Sardar Bakarganj Banabibi Barakhan Ghazi bargadars became Beveridge bighas Board of Revenue British Budakhali Calcutta century cleared co-operative colonial Commissioner to Presidency Committee of Revenue crocodiles crops cultivation dacoit Dakshin Ray Damaru Daniel Hamilton deities Delhi Diamond Harbour Dukhe embankments Ganga goddess Gosaba Government of Bengal grants haoladar Henckell Henckell's Hindus Hooghly ibid island Jessore jungle Kakdwip Kalu Khulna Kisan Krishna Basu L.S.S. O'Malley labour land reclamation landlords lease Letter from Presidency Letter from Sundarban Magh Mahasweta Devi Matla Muslims Nilu officers op.cit Oraons paddy panchayat Pargiter peasants police port Presidency Commissioner protection punthi Pushpa Datta Raimangal region rent rice river rules ryots ryotwari Sagar Sagar Island salt Santiniketan Secretary settled settlement settlers sharecroppers Shib Shankar Mitra Sir Daniel social Statistical Account story Sundarban Commissioner Sundarban Samagra Tebhaga Movement tenure tiger village W.W. Hunter wastelands West Bengal Westland worship zamindars