The Uprising Hardback

Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti-Slavery Movement in North-East India (1908-1954)

by Sajal Nag;

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The Uprising

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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 the British 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.

The Uprising by Sajal Nag was published by Oxford University Press in April 2016. The ISBN for The Uprising is 9780199460892.

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Details for The Uprising

Page last updated 10th July 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (April 2016)
Number of Pages444
Thickness32 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4450057
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