Identity Politics, Adivasi-Dalit Resistance and National Integration: Discourses of Justice, Discrimination and Governance Dilemma in Postcolonial India

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC18 Political Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

South Asian states including India are engaged in tackling the issues of legitimacy of the state, self‐determination, and ethnic identities in view of their diverse social, ethnic and religious components, and their respective aspirations.

In India the tribes and ‘lower-castes’, known as ‘scheduled tribes’ and ‘scheduled castes’ in administrative parlance, have followed different strategies in their struggle against social, economic and cultural discrimination, including pursuing ‘transnational advocacy network’  (within UNO and outside) having been betrayed by Indian affirmative action policies. These segments have variously formed political forums to mobilize themselves in electoral politics as political pressure groups. There are groups also using extremism as means of justice as also groups attuned with mainstream neo-liberal discourses.

Identity politics is witnessed with demands of regional autonomy, issues of indigeneity including indigenous -feminism, especially in northeast region where women are fighting against ‘patrilineal’ customs, demands for ‘scheduled’ constitutional category on parts of legitimate groups, immigration issue in frontier regions, and  Adivasi-Dalit Movements against persistent underdevelopment,  misgovernance, and distrust shape India’s postcolonial challenges for governance and justice.

The aim of this session is to invites paper on themes concerning to the dynamics of identity politics and concerns of Indigenous/ Adivasi and Dalit communities with special reference to discourses of justice, discrimination and governance dilemma in postcolonial India.

Session Organizers:
Hari BEHERA, Indian Statistical Institute, India and Nava Kishor DAS, Retired Dy Director, Anthropological Survey of India, India
Apparao THAMMINAINA, National Institute of Technology, India
Oral Presentations
Industrial Relations and Adivasi Resistance in the Tea Plantation Sector in Assam
Mridusmita DUARA, Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, India; Sambit MALLICK, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
Dalit Politics and Its Place in Indian Polity - the Issue for Identities
Naresh BHARGAVA, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur Rajasthan, INDIA, India
Participation of Schedule Castes in Panchayat: Field Study of a District in Uttar Pradesh
Mudit SINGH, Social Science Research Institute Duke University, USA
Rethinking the Life and Living of Muslim Minority
Ethnicity and Student Politics: A Study of Student Organizations As Political Pressure Groups in Assam
Chayanika PRIYAM, School of Social Sciences, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India., India
Locating Tribal Identity and Cultural Existence in the Light of Industrialization in Post-Colonial India
Niharranjan MISHRA, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India
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