Tribal Development in India: The Contemporary Debate

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SAGE Publications, Apr 14, 2006 - History - 340 pages
The thirteen seminal essays in this volume investigate the failure of the welfare model of development as applied to tribal India, and the consequent efforts by tribes to better their lot by seeking political autonomy and the restoration of traditional rights to natural resources—namely, water, forest and land. There are case studies of little-known movements, such as Dalitism in Jharkhand and the Kamatapur movement in Bengal. The contributors examine all the most important issues affecting India`s tribal population, including:

- the search for political autonomy;
- the struggle against land alienation;
- rights to resources and decision-making;
- the decline in traditional occupations;
- environment, ecology and sustainability;
- displacement caused by large infrastructure projects;
- the impact of development schemes on gender relations; and
- globalization and the shift from isolation to integration.

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