Living in the Regime of Dispossession: Santhal Life in The Adivasi Will Not Dance by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhare
India is the largest country in the world in terms of indigenous (tribes / adivasis) population. As per 2011 Census, the total tribe population in India is about 104.5 million, which is 8.6 percent of the total population (1,210 million). Of the total tribal population in the country, about 90 percent live in the countryside, very often in inaccessible remote areas. Munshi has made the observation that although tribes are distinguished by their unique linguistic and cultural traits, use of primitive modes of production, and relationship with the forest, there is heterogeneity within (The Adivasi Question 4).There are about 705 tribes living in various parts of the country. Among these, 75 tribal communities are identified as the most primitive tribal groups and are referred to as particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs).