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Conceptualising and Thinking about Subaltern Politics

Adivasis and the State: Subalternity and Citizenship in India’s Bhil Heartland by Alf Gunvald Nielsen, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019; pp 328, 695.

 

The book is about subaltern politics in India. Its concern is the organisation and mobilisation of subalterns with a focus on claim-making on rights granted by the state. The key questions that the book poses are: What makes it possible for the subaltern to come together? What kind of claims and demands do they articulate? How do they engage with the state, its representatives and its institutions? What changes can subalterns bring about through collective actions? Answers to these questions are sought through a case study of local social movements of the Bhil Adivasis in western Madhya Pradesh (MP) organised and mobilised by the Khedut Mazdoor Chetna Sangathan (KMCS) and Adivasi Mukti Sangathan (AMS). The movements addressed grievances pertaining to everyday interaction with the local state and basic livelihood issues revolving around land and forest.

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