The Uprising: Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti-Slavery Movement in North-East India (1908-1954) by Sajal Nag

The Uprising: Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti-Slavery Movement in North-East India…

bySajal Nag

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In 1908, a Welsh doctor named Peter Fraser turned down a lucrative job with the British government and travelled as a Christian missionary to the remote Lushai Hills of North-east Indiathe habitat of a reportedly wild, headhunting tribal people. While Fraser found acceptance among the natives,he also came in conflict with the colonial state over the tribal practice of bawi, a practice he found akin to slavery. This clash was symptomatic of a larger issue that marked colonialism in South Asia: the tussle between the colonial administration and the missionary institutions. The Uprising chronicles this conflict which witnessed Fraser, after being expelled by his own mission, petitioning and lobbying in theBritish Parliament and subsequently in the League of Nations through the Anti-Slavery Society, and the lasting impact it had on the lives of the Lushai. Writing in a narrative form, Sajal Nag brings out the immense historical significance of the contradictions between the colonial state and the missionary institutions, and argues that neither institution, contrary to popular perception, was a liberating agency.

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Sajal Nag is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Distinguished Chair Professor in Social Sciences and Head of the Department, History, at Presidency University, Kolkata.

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Title:The Uprising: Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti-Slavery Movement in North-East India…Format:HardcoverDimensions:444 pagesPublished:April 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. The Making of a Probable Slave2. Encountering the Slave3. Locking Horns4. Taming the Radical5. Intervention of the Slave6. The Establishment Strikes Back7. Losing the Battle8. Winning the War9. The Final LeapConclusionBibliographyIndexAbout the Author