At the threshold of my adult life in 1983 I became an apostate from technology because of these heretic beliefs. Instead of pursuing a career as a civil engineer and manager for which I had trained for five years before that at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, I chose to lead a life of political activism among the Bhil adivasis (tribals or indigenous people as some others prefer to call them) in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh in India.
Initially I still had some belief in Marxism despite some of its utopian and deterministic aspects. However ten beautiful years spent among the supremely anarchist Bhils made me shed these last shackles of my mental bondage to deterministic grand theories. The Bhils have traditionally lived non-accumulative, minimalist lives close to nature and have fought fiercely to maintain its pristine glory and their subsistence lifestyles. They held their own right up to the end of the first millenium after Christ. Their monuments to their martyrs called "Gathas" testify to this rich martial history.
However, their bows and arrows were no match for the firearms that their adversaries began to use against them with the advent of the second millennium after Christ and since then they have been continually dispossessed of their habitats and pushed back into remoter and remoter corners till after independence no remote corners remained to be penetrated by the modernising Indian state. Thus the initial matter of concern for me when I arrived in Jhabua was the absolute mismatch of traditional Bhil culture and lifestyle with the modern scenario. I have spent a quarter of a century among the Bhils fighting many battles against the state most of which we have lost given the odds stacked against us. Nevertheless we have managed to hold our own and I, initially an interloper among the Bhils, have learnt to live life to the leas like them. With this blog starts a new journey of ideas and debate about life and work among these great people.