Manipur, an erstwhile princely State before Independence of India in 1947, is one of the North-Eastern states of the Indian Union. The North-Eastern Region is mostly hilly except the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam and the bowl-shaped valley of Manipur. The State is bounded in the north by Nagaland, in the east by Myanmar, in the south by Mizoram and in the west by Assam. The People of Manipur settle in both the hills and valley. The hills of Manipur are inhabited by various ethnic groups. It has as many as 33 scheduled tribes. The Mao Naga tribe is one of the major tribes. The present book deals on the demographic dynamics with special reference to birth control measures among the Mao Nagas. The book is an attempt to provide an in-depth insight of the community which may help in planning out developmental strategy/strategies for the tribal population in general and for this population in particular.
Lorho Mary Maheo (b. 1970) hails from Punanamei village, Senapati district, Manipur. Her Graduation studies were done at Imphal’s D.M. College of Science. Post-graduation in Physical Anthropology was completed by her at the University of Delhi. She was awarded a Ph.D. degree in 2000 from the same university (Dept. of Anthropology) for the research work on Mao Nagas in a district. She has also worked on an Indo-German Project entitled ‘An Anthropological Study of Neural Tube Defects on the Population of Delhi’ and also on a project sanctioned by the Directorate for Development of Tribals and Scheduled Castes, Govt. of Manipur titled ‘The Mao Naga: An Ethnographic Study’. She has to her credit several articles published in leading journals. Her areas of interest, besides academic research, is in social development and she is a member of the MIDA (Mao Integrated Development Association) and NWUM (Naga Women’s Union, Manipur). Presently she is serving as a Lecturer in Anthropology Department at United College, Chandel, Government of Manipur.
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