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

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Questing History

Excluded Citizens and State Response to Demands for Inclusion

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.

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