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Jhumias of Tripura
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 21, No. 44/45 (Nov. 1-8, 1986), pp. 1955-1957+1959-1960
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4376302
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Jhumias are tribals who practise shifting cultivation or jhuming. In Tripura over 10,039 hectares of land are under jhum cultivation a decade ago. Over the years the jhum economy has undergone many changes-land available for jhuming has decreased; leading to a shortening of the jhum cycle and a fall in incomes. Not only has the plight of the existing jhumias deteriorated, but a new group of jhumias has emerged due to the several 'development' programmes whose plight is even worse. The government has made some efforts at resolving the problems of the jhumias.
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