what accounts for the anger of the tribals against the dikus?

1.interference in the lives of tribals(shifting cultivators).

2.capturing the authority of tribal chiefs.

3.interfering in the trading of tribals.

4.forcing tribals to work for british.

5.not allowing them into the forests and forest laws made by british.


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The word “dikus” means outsiders. Dikus were the people who made the tribal people dependent upon them, thereby causing them a lot of misery and suffering. These outsiders were composed of traders and moneylenders who would come into the forests to sell the goods not produced within the forest, buy forest produce and offer cash loans. Often these loans came at the price of very high rates of interest. These loans ultimately forced the tribals into a vicious cycle of debt and poverty. The traders would buy goods from the tribals at very low rates and sell the same products at high prices, thereby making huge profits. For these reasons, the tribals considered the trader and the moneylender figures to be their main enemies; hence, they referred to them as the evil outsiders.

The colonial government too was looked upon as an external evil force that sought to destroy their livelihoods and their familiar ways of life. The British alienated the tribals by forcing shifting cultivators to practise settled cultivation; implementing forest laws to prevent their access to the forest land and the forest produce; demeaning the power and authority of tribal chiefs, and demanding tributes. As a result, there was considerable anger towards the British as well.


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i) The lives of the tribals  was directly connected to the forests.

ii) But the British extended its control over the forest and declared the forests as the state properties.

iii) In these reserved forests the tribals were not allowed to move freely,collect fruits,hunt animals,or practise

  jhum cultivation.Therefore many tribal people were forced to move to pther areas in search of food and


  This accounts for the anger of tribals.

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