This article questions the articulation of national values through anthropological and ethnographic discourses circulating in central India during the 1930s-40s. The focus is on Verrier Elwin’s use of the Muria (Adivasi) institution of the ghotul (youth dormitory) to ascertain a creative dialogue between the emerging nation-state and tribal heritage. I argue that Elwin articulated a post-Gandhian approach in his interpretation of the ghotul, which may be re-considered both historically, in relation to Ananda Coomaraswamy’s concept of ‘high swadeshi’, and ideologically, in relation to the philosophy and praxis of Satyagraha. I address these representational shifts according to the analytical logic of satyagraha-as-dialogue, with a view to enhancing an understanding of the travails of inter-cultural outlooks in historical anthropology.
|Title of host publication||Pathways of Creative Research|
|Subtitle of host publication||Towards a Festival of Dialogues|
|Editors||Ananta Kumar Giri|
|Place of Publication||New Delhi|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|