Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
|Elwin and Kamat|| |
| The other day, a scholar called me from Nevada via telephone and said
--"We must translate Kamat's books to English. Otherwise Indian tribals
will always be studied from a foreigner's point of view, because of Elwin's
Many scholars have compared studies of native people of India (a.k.a. tribals
or scheduled tribes) conducted by Verrier Elwin and studies
conducted by Bappa (my dad), some decades later. In one function that I
attended, I have heard severe criticism of Elwin as a cheat, and an exploiter of
My dad himself didn't harbor such feelings about Elwin, and in fact he
was full of admiration.
Today BBC reports on the destitution
suffered by Elwin's widow.
You know, Elwin was a very respected leader of his time; he served in high
offices, his books were published by famous publishers (so there's lot of
recurring royalties) and there is no reason for me to believe that his tribal
wife Kausalya (Kosi), featured in the BBC article must suffer the humiliation of
such extreme poverty.
Makes me want to believe that (as accused by that speaker), Kosi was but an
object of rejoice for Elwin. He neither cared nor provided for her, something even an illiterate and ignorant tribal man would do.
Update from Amma (via telephone): According to close associate of Elwin, Kosi was a spendthrift woman. Elwin couldn't reform her of primitive habits such as "living for the day without care for tomorrow", or "husband is one whom you are with". It is said that Elwin was utmost patient with her, but finally gave up.
Verrier Elwin and Peacock Dress
Free Sex System of Tribals of Madhya Pradesh
|First Written: Thursday, May 04, 2006|
Last Modified: 5/4/2006 10:26:05 PM
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