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The Uprising – Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti-Slavery Movement in North-East India (1908-1954) - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Uprising: Colonial State, Christian Missionaries, and Anti-Slavery Movement in North-East India (1908-1954)

Sajal Nag

Abstract

In 1908, a Welsh Doctor named Peter Fraser turned down a lucrative job with the King’s Government in London and instead wore the robes of a Christian missionary to travel to the remote Lushai Hills of north-east India—the habitat of a reportedly wild, headhunting tribal people. Fraser not only found acceptance among the tribals, but 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 missionar ... More

Keywords: slavery, anti-Slavery, Christian missionary, slave emancipation, North-East India, Mizoram, bonded labour, colonial state, colonial modernity, League of Nations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199460892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460892.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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