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Tea Plantation Workers In A Himalayan Region

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Tea Plantation Workers in a Himalayan Region is a pioneering work. It is about the only tea garden of Sikkim named Temi Tea Estate. The book portrays the nature of Hindu-Tribal relationship in the industrial environment of tea industry and the changes occurring in the socio-cultural and economic life of the workers during the last thirty years of its establishment in1968. The garden is found to be the Hindu-Buddhist contact zone of Sikkim. Temi reflects the industrial image of the State of Sikkim. The present book is the first research work ever done on the Temi Tea Estate. The book will not only be the source material for the researchers to come in near future but also a preliminary reading subject for general readers interested in the plantation study in India.


Khemraj Sharma (b. 1957) earned his M.A. (Sociology and Social Anthropology) and Ph.D. from the University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, West Bengal. He is workin as Education Officer in Central Board of Workers’ Education, Ministry of Labour, Government of India since 1987. His areas of specialisation are Industrial Relations, Industrial Sociology of plantation in East/North India and Himalayan society. He has already three books to his credit, viz., Socio-Economic Life of Cinchona Plantation Workers in India: An Introduction (1999) and the Himalayan Tea Plantation Workers (2000). Besides, he has contributed more than twenty-five academic articles to various edited books on Social Anthropology and to the National Journal of Central Board of Workers’ Education, Nagpur. Presently, he is engaged on a Sociological Study on the Nepalese Tea Plantation Workers of North-East India.

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