ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Meena Radhakrishna

Urban Denotified Tribes: Competing Identities, Contested Citizenship

A section of the denotified, nomadic community of banjaras converted to Sikhism long ago, and has been settled in Delhi for over half a century. While tracing the recent history of this beleaguered community, this paper argues that escalating land prices were a major reason behind the massacres of Sikhs in 1984 in the resettlement colonies of Delhi. Communities such as the banjaras continue to be at the bottom of all social hierarchies in urban spaces. Their futile search for legitimate and dignified citizenship rights may lead to invention of new dangerous identities.