ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Concept of 'Tribe' in the Draft National Tribal Policy

In the last four years, two drafts of the National Tribal Policy have been released by two different central governments. This essay, begins with a comparison of the two and then carries out a critical analysis of the second version. Whilst the draft covers almost all aspects of importance that concern tribal societies, what it lacks is the "tribal voice". Throughout its length runs the "we-they" distinction - the distinction of "givers" and "receivers". We hear the voice of bureaucrats, planners, and development specialists, which constitutes the dominant discourse on tribes. The article argues that the tribal issues should come more to the centre of our discussions in contemporary India than remaining at the margins, as is the case today.

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