Index
Adivasi, 72–73, 246, 254–56, 293,
296, 350 n.83, 378 n.40
Advertisements for tea, 66, 68,
93–96, 110–14
Agency houses, 86–89
Alcoholism, 130–32, 212–13, 276–
77, 284–86, 297, 363 n.9, 377
n.20
Authority: of ethnographer, 10–12,
290–91, 367 n.6; labor organizing
as threat to, 296–301, 377 n.22; of
mahlia samity (women’s society),
276, 307–8, 319, 378 n.41; of pan-
chayat (village council), 236–37,
261–62, 265–66, 276–78, 308–
9; and planter as mai-baap, 5–6,
120–22, 134, 143–46, 154–58, 216,
225, 276–79; of planter militia
(North Bengal Rifles), 104, 296,
376 n.17; of priests, 267–68; of
women on marriage customs,
257–60, 282–83, 308–9; workers’
discipline, 169–70, 184–85, 216–
18, 258–59, 313–15, 319–22. See
also Labor unions; Plantation
management
Bengalis, 57–62, 98–101, 105–6,
116–17, 136–39, 347 n.46, 364 n.15
Body and body parts: and the disci-
pline of labor, 53, 71–72, 170–71,
189, 192; gazes, 91, 115, 187, 194,
204, 220–21; ghinna (pollution),
139–40, 186; images of hands
and fingers, 27–28, 46–47, 115–
16, 169, 192–94, 324, 345 n.18;
physical capacity for labor, 203–5,
209, 232–34; purity and women’s
bodies, 26–27, 86, 319–21; skin
color, 9, 18, 134–36. See also Gen-
der; Izzat (honor); Sexuality;
Women
Britain: American colonies and,
34–35; British land policies and
plantations, 62–63; East India
Company, 21, 32, 34–38, 57–61;
Indian tea interests and, 87–88,
97–99, 103–10, 356 n.13; land an-
nexation by, for tea cultivation,
56–61, 65–67, 71–73; Marwari
business community and, 87–88,
108–10, 347 n.46, 356 n.13
Buddhism, 23–25, 30–31
Castes: adivasi, 72–73, 246, 254–
56, 293, 296, 350 n.83, 378 n.40;
Bengalis, 57–62, 98–101, 105–
6, 116–17, 136–39, 347 n.46, 364
n.15; bhinjat (cross-community)
alliances, 250, 252–53, 257–60,
264–66; ghinna (pollution), 139–
40, 186; jat distinctions, 183, 246–
53, 256, 370 n.4; labor recruitment
and, 7–8, 76–79, 130, 142, 354
n.125; marriage and, 252, 257–60,
264–65, 282; Nepali agricultural,
65–66, 77, 253; and Oraon iden-
tity, 251–52; religion and, 254–55,
263–66, 371 n.8; Santhalis, 65,
248–49, 251
Children, 76, 199–201, 206, 328,
329
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