We may now turn our attention to the conditions of the people living in remote forests and hill areas. Many of them are designated as Scheduled Tribes. Most of these people in their inaccessible habitats have been living a secluded and simple life for ages managing all their affairs by themselves. Their economy until recently was undifferentiated, every individual having the requisite skill of eking out a living from his surroundings. In their case, while the community had the command of all resources in the relevant geographical areas, they lived in harmony with nature and amongst themselves, enjoying its bounty, though struggling against many an adverse element. Even though most of these people are settled cultivators, a substantial part amongst them have continued to remain at pre-agricultural stages of economy following shifting cultivation, some of them even subsisting on hunting and food gathering. Agricultural technology amongst the settled cultivators is rather in its earlier form; it is, however, admirably adapted to their specific agro-climatic situation. These communities appear to have been caught in a niche in the path of their development with minimal change in their social and economic system over a long period.
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