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Adivasis of mainland and Tribes of North East: A brief discussion on differences in development

Chhotelal Kumar In general, Adivasis are also known as Tribals, as Aboriginal or Autochthonous people, or Vanvasi. The tribal population of the country, as per the 2011 census, is 104.3 million, constituting 8.6% of the total population. And only 10.03 % of the population live in urban areas. Several scholars have classified the tribal population—like …

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Adivasis Are Not ‘Noble Savages’ – A Brief Reminder

Chhotelal Kumar The mainstream has always viewed Adivasis as ‘alien people’. In our common sense, they are ‘Noble Savages’ who live away from modern complexities in jungles. But while making such a point, we often forget to explore realities. The terming of Adivasis (who were classified as Scheduled Tribes during colonial times) as Noble Savages …

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Politicizing working castes-classes: Prakash Ambedkar and Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi

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  Prashant Ingole Soon after the death of B.R. Ambedkar, the Republican Party of India (RPI), the party which he had imagined as the symbol of Dalit unity in order to achieve the political power, collapsed and fractured into the multiple factions. Dividing the Dalit politicians, the dominant political forces like Congress, Bhartiya Janata Party …

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Dalit: Identity or Commodity for Savarnas?

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  Gaurav Somwanshi Consider the following three instances: 1. Until just a few years ago, the mere mention of the word ‘Dalit’ aroused scorn from even the most veteran progressives and media outlets that countered it with “we’re all humans”. That hypocritical silliness of “we’re all humans” argument is still there, but now almost every …

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Demand for dismissal of Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi and apologies for insulting the tribal community

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  Talastarada Vedike  Kiran Bedi, Ex IAS officer, an active member of a political party and Puducherry Lt Governor, has insulted and condemned de-notified tribes by tweeting on 2 nd August:”Ex-criminal tribes are known to be very cruel. They are hardcore professionals in committing crimes. Rarely caught and/or convicted.” These words of Kiran Bedi have seriously …

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Why India must carve out a Union Territory from the State of Manipur

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The Case for Separate Administration:Why India must carve out a Union Territory from the State of Manipur ~ Min Khooptong “O stranger, thou who passes by,Go, and tell the hills high and low,That in defending their ‘morrow,Here we lie”  An epitaph proposed for the patriots who gave their lives. Barely a month has passed since …

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V.T. Rajshekar on Jati Identity

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  ~ Understanding the significance of Jati identity in selected prose writings of V.T. Rajshekar ~  Grishma Manikrao Khobragade Abstract Dalit-Bahujan-Ambedkarite writers have come to the fore of literary studies and culture studies in the recent years. These writers reveal in their writings various factors that propel actions like caste hegemony, caste discrimination and caste …