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How tables have turned, I thought as I read this book. Guha in an academic style and much more humble at the same time. No wonder this book has turned into a classic! The scholar places immense focus on archives and statistics; and anecdotes. The study benefits a lot from the nuance. Guha's admiration for the rare Gandhian grassroot level movement; and also a subaltern environment movement does not take away his discomfort with the essentialising and romanticising of Chipko. Guha also makes a de...
Honestly written ! A subaltern history-peasant movements relating to control and usage of forest and land resources- about Uttarakhand in India. And there’s an evident shift in the tone as the author grows in age - from a young man critical of governance , and sentimental about the innate wisdom of the peasants to an older person who understands that right and wrong do not belong exclusively to such opposing categories. Bringing out the twentieth anniversary edition has given the book that chara...
An approachable account of forest movements and peasants resistance in Uttarakhand, most easily available too.
good historical details. well researched.