• Dr. Christene Bora Post- Doctorate Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Cotton College, Guwahati, Assam, India.


Tradition, Psychological, Gender discrimination, Tribe, Health


Women of India has been transformed many folds from the Ancient period following Medieval period, Pre-Independence, and Post-Independence to the present Smart India. Since women of urban areas as well as of rural areas are achieving their goals day by day but on the other side, still, they are facing many psychological, economical, gender discrimination, domestic violence due to dowry or for some other reason, health issues, sexual harassment, trafficking, etc. In this present study, an attempt has been made to show the difference, adaptation, advantage and the disadvantage of transformation. As it is globally known, Assam is a land of many ethnic groups, having various languages, cultures and religions. To touch each and every culture in a single work is next to impossible; therefore, here women of a prominent tribe i.e, Tai Phake, is going to be briefly discussed, that is, the inhabitants of Phaneng village, Margherita, Tinsukia District; Namphake and Tipamphake village, Naharkatia, Dibrugarh District; and of Guwahati City, Assam, India . Tai-Phake community has a glorious culture and tradition. The studied population has successful achievement in maintaining its ethnicity and in preserving its distinct identity through ages (Kakoty, 2013). Thus, it can be said that the Tai-Phakes trying hard to keep their legacy and rich culture alive, moving forward with modernization, keeping their roots intact.


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Dr. Christene Bora. (2017). AN OVERVIEW: ROLE OF TAI-PHAKE WOMEN IN PRESENT DAY SCENARIO . International Education and Research Journal (IERJ), 3(5). Retrieved from