Paniyas : The unknown untouchables

The Paniyar tribes of the Nilgris District are one of the worst sufferers of the over – run of their resources by the immigrants in their traditional habitat of Wayanad and adjoining Nilgiris (Tamil Nadu) and Coorg (Karnataka) areas. Numerically the Paniyars form the largest single tribe in Kerala. An understanding of the range of changes underwent by the Paniyars and the circumstances associated with it shall provide us with an insight into the changes in the livelihood strategies resorted by the communities like that of the Paniyar.

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