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Pazhaverkadu: The Untold story

Pulicat (Pazhaverkadu) is historically a remarkable place, an abode for Portuguese, Dutch, the Cholas, Vijayanagar, Arabs and finally the British.

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Paniyas : The unknown untouchables

Numerically the Paniyars form the largest single tribe in Kerala

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SHAKTHI

A Documentary on Pulayan Tribes of Anaimalai Hills

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Adapapa the female attendants

Adapapa the female attendants Returned in the Madras Census Report, 1901, as a sub-caste of Balija. The name is applied to female attendants on the ladies of the families of Zamindars, who, as they are not allowed to marry, lead a life of prostitution. Their sons call themselves as Balijas.   Keywords: Adapapa, Zamindars, Balija, […]

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Expedition of Somnath

Somnath was famous then, as a great Shiva shrine described in detail in the Skanda Purana of the 9th century A.D. and also mentioned by Al-Beruni both as a sacred place and a resort of pirates. The expedition of Somnath was the crowning event in the idol – breaking and plundering career of Mahmud of […]

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The Acchuvaru

Acchuvaru are Recorded, in the Madras Census Report, as ” Oriya-speaking carriers of grain, etc., on pack bullocks. Treated as a sub-division of Gaudo.” The Acchuvarus are not Oriya people, but are attached to the Devanga weavers, and receive their name from the fact that they do acchupani, i.e., thread the long comb-like structures of […]

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Savaras of Ganjam and Vizagapatam

The language of the Savaras of Ganjam and Vizagapatam. One of the Munda languages. Concerning the Munda linguistic family, Mr. Grierson writes as follows. “The denomination Munda (adopted by Max Miiller) was not long allowed to stand unchallenged. Sir George Campbell in 1866 proposed to call the family Kolarian. He was of opinion that Kol […]

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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 […]

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Working with a Transgender Community by B.Jishamol

Trans-genders are the people born with a physical gender which is different from their emotional gender. They are actually of two types, a person born as male but having female emotional gender and similarly born as female but having male emotional gender. We have lot of historical and religious proofs claiming their presence in India […]

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