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Sujata Miri
1942,  Female ,  Indian ,  Retired Professor

Sujata Miri retired as Professor of Philosophy from the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Her abiding philosophical interest has been to understand and explore the cultures and religions of the various tribes particularly of the north-east. She has published several books which include The Khasi World View: A Conceptual Exploration; Stories and Legends of Liangmei Nagas; and A Book of Paintings on themes from the north-east. She has also published several articles in academic journals. She is known for opening up new ways of approaching indigenous religions of the country.


Member, Executive Council,Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, 2014.
Member, Governing Body, Indian Council of Philosophical Research 2006-2009.
Member, ICPR, 1989-92, 2006-09, 2009-12.
Member of ICPR Expert Committee on North East Culture, 1993.
Member of Academic Council, Executive Council, Board of Post Graduate Studies, Board of Under Graduate Studies & Court of Nehu, Shillong.
Member of Academic Council, Manipur University, Imphal.

1. “Suffering in Gandhian Philosophy”, The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, ed., Margaret Chatterjee, 1969.
2. “Pain and Suffering”, Indian Review of Philosophy, 1976.
3. “The Sacred and the Secular”, Eastern Anthropologist, 1977.
4. “State of Philosophy and some suggestions”, (jointly with Prof. Mrinal Miri), Indian Philosophical Quarterly, January 1977.
5. “The Exceptional Man and Nietzsche”, Indian Philosophical Quarterly, 1977.
6. “Rituals and War Jaintias”, (jointly with P. Myrchiang) The Journal of the North-East Indian Council for Social Science Research, 1978.
7. “Devatma and Suffering”, Philosophy of Devatma, 1982.
8. “Unity in Diversity” (jointly with Prof. Mrinal Miri), Indian Philosophical Quarterly, 1983.
9. “The Primitive in Religion”, North-Eastern Quarterly, 1983.
10. “An Introduction to the Study of Tribal Religions”, The Khasi Milieu, ed., H.O. Mawrie (New Delhi: Concept Publishing House, 1983).
11. “Demons and Exorcisms”, Man in India, Vol. 64, No. 2, June 1984.
12. “Holism in Khasi Religion”, The Tribes of North-East India, ed., Sebastian Karotemprel, 1985.
13. “Man Woman Complimentarity”, Man in India, 1985.
14. “Kama and Woman”, New Quest, Vol. 73, 1989.
15. “Nehru and Secularism”, Nehru, ed., R.R. Mehrotra, 1990.
16. “Professor Mohanty on the Concept of a Person”, The Philosophy of S.N. Mohanty, eds. Daya Krishna and Sharma (Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1991).
17. “Theodicy and Suffering”, Journal of the ICPR, Vol. IX, No. 1, 1991.
18. “Personal Names amongst the Khasis”, Names, ed., Mehrotra, Varanasi, 1992.
19. “Whither Tribal Culture”, Continuity and Change in the Tribal Society, ed., Mrinal Miri (Shimla: HAS, 1983).
20. “The World View of the Khasis”, The Trumpeter, Journal of Ecosophy, Vol. 10, No. 4, 1993.
21. “Random Thoughts on the Khjasi Dance”, published by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Meghalaya, 1993.
22. “Tradition and Modernity amongst the Nagas”, volume on the Nagas, ed., B.B. Kumar, 1997.
23. “What ought to be my attitude to another Languare?”, Essays, ed., K. Aggarwal and R.S. Gupta, 1997.
24. “Changing Values in Indian Society”, Asian Affairs, No. 4, 1997.
25. “Of Tongues and Skirts: India’s North-East”, Asian Affairs, No. 6, 1997.
26. “Nature and the Tribesman”, The Book Review, Vol. XXI, No. 4, 1997.
27. “Religion and Tribal Life”, Folklife, National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai, 2001.
28. “Culrural Predicament”, Indian Horizons, ICCR, Vol. 48, No. 3, 2001.
29. “The Concept of Spirituality: A Comparative Study”, Journal of Sikh Studies, XXVII (2003, No. 1).
30. “The Idea of Peace”, Peace in India’s North-East: Meaning, Metaphor and Method, ed., Prasenjit Biswas and C. Joshua Thomas (Delhi: Regency Publications, 2006).
31. “The Kantian Terrorist”, Terror, Peace and Universalism, Bindu Puri & Heiko Sievers (eds.) (OUP, New Delhi, 2007).
32. “Performing Arts and Culture for Peace and Development”, Peace and Development, Subrata Banarjee (ed.) (CRRID, Chandigarh, 2007).
33. “Women and Khasi Pnar Society”, Dialogue, January-March 2010.
34. “Notes on Tribal World: Truth and Art”, in Literature and Oratures as Knowledge Systems, Subha Chakravorty Dasgupta (etal.) (Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi, 2011).
35. “Understanding Tribal World View: A Painter’s Perspective”, in Society Representation and Textuality, Sukalpa Bhattacharya & C.J. Thomas (eds.) Sage Publication, Delhi, 2013.
36. “Culture, Ethnicity and Identities”, Ethnicity, Jyotirmoy Prodhani (ed.) DVS Publishers, Guwahati, 2013.
37. “Identity Local, Global and Absolute”, paper presented in International Philosophy Congress held in Seoul, South Korea in 2009 to be published by ICPR, Delhi.
38. “Animism, Evolution and Reason: A Compulsive Legacy”, forthcoming in a special volume on The North East India: Emerging Perspectives by Asiatic Society, Kolkata.
39. “The Inner and Outer of Religion”, being published by Department of History, Nehu, Shillong.
40. “Us and the Other: A Khasi Perspectives”, forthcoming in JICPR special issue on Asian Philosophy.
41. “Art and Shared Creativity”, forthcoming in volume of Seminar Proceedings entitled The End of Art and the Promise of Beauty, organized in February 2012 by University of Ottawa and India Habitat Centre at IHC. The volume is being edited by Sonia Sikka and Shakri Maira.
42. “Artistic Creativity: Individual and the Community (Remarks on Tagore’s notion of the ‘Surplus’ in Man)”, forthcoming in a volume edited jointly by Dr. Prasenjit Biswas and Dr. C.J. Thomas, Routledge.

Books by Sujata Miri