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Questing History

Due to the problematic meaning of "tribe", the modern state is confused over the procedure it should follow in the recognition of a community as a tribe and, therefore, state recognition of a community as a tribe has always remained much contested in the postcolonial state response. Given this, the state tries to politicise the reality of being "objectified". It is thus necessary to build a workable definition of the term for constitutional purpose to avoid such politics. This paper illustrates the issue by debating the exclusion of the Kamar community of Nuapada district of Orissa (the erstwhile Khariar zamindari of the Central Provinces) that earlier enjoyed tribal status. Foregrounding the historical condition that has shaped unrest among the Kamar, it provides insights into the complex process of their demand for inclusion and the state politics of recognition despite the historical truth of the community.

Tribal Agriculture: The Chuktia Bhunjias in Central India

Primitive tribal communities like the Chuktia Bhunjias living in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa continue to practise traditional agriculture using bio-cultural resources. Policymakers must learn from them in order to challenge the conventional model of agricultural production and food insecurity, as also about how to make development sustainable.
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