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They are often pushed to the margins. So, when a well-known academic comes out with a book on contemporary tribal concerns, hopes are up.

Former professor at Ranchi University’s tribal languages department Rose Kerketta’s compilation of articles on issues related to tribals, particularly women, released at Suchana Bhavan in Ranchi on Wednesday, does not disappoint.

Stree Mahagatha ki Mahaj Ek Pankti, published by Pyara Kerketta Foundation of Ranchi and priced at Rs 180, is a 150-page book of 28 articles by the septuagenarian Kerketta.

“Many of these articles have been earlier published in various newspapers and magazines. Now, they are compiled in the form of one book,” Vandana Tete of Jharkhandi Bhasha Sahitya Sanskriti Akhra said.

“As many as 16 of the 28 articles deal with issues related to women,” pointed out Arun Narayan, a young author who wrote the book’s preface.

The book focuses on the state of reservation for women in various local and village bodies, migration etc.

“All the articles are written in lucid language and give an idea about the condition of women in Jharkhand,” said author Maya Prasad.

Kerketta, a distinguished academic, has to her credit about a dozen books. Though most of these are on various aspect of Kharia language, she has also tried her hands at different genres.