The Todas of the Nilgiris
Caption:- En-route to the South Indian hill-station of Ooty, otherwise known as Ootacamund or Udagamandalam. Ooty is home to the ‘Toda tribe’ which is one of the few Indian tribes which still practice Polyandry. (Courtesy: Nada MR)
As with any other science, studying medicine too comes with some added perks. New insights into what otherwise seem ordinary things lead us to new perspectives. The chapter on Social Sciences & Medicine in Park’s Textbook of Preventive & Social Medicine (18th ed) points out that polyandry is still seen in India among the Todas of the Nilgiri Hills, the inhabitants of Jaunsar Bawar in Uttar Pradesh and the Nayars of the Malabar Coast.