Antje Linkenbach and Vidhu Verma: State, Law and Adivasi: Shifting Terrains of Exclusion (2022)

About the book

This volume presents an overview of the relationship between the state, law, and Adivasis that have experienced a profound political shift due to privatization of natural resources. It discusses the role of the corporates and its impact on livelihoods of the Adivasis in India. 

For the Indian state, a significant challenge is to establish a new normative framework for indigenous autonomy based on the values of equality and sustainability. This calls for recognition of the right to self-determination and exercise of collective rights of the Adivasis.

The chapters in this volume examine:

• ‘Exclusion’ as a useful framework for analyzing the various axes of inequality that affect the Adivasi communities

• How state, development, and Adivasi politics play out in entangled ways in the social, political and legal domains

• The interplay of and the deep tension between the promise of legal protection and the realities of inadequate implementation.

Table of Contents 

List of Abbreviations


Introduction: The Rights of Adivasi—Historical Predicaments and Contemporary Horizons Antje Linkenbach and Vidhu Verma

PART I: Conceptual and Ethical Questions

Development Hubris and the Dubious Recognition of the Environment and Indigenous Resource Rights in Indian Politics Antje Linkenbach

Adivasi and Natural Resources: Self-ownership, Dispossession, and Self-determination Vidhu Verma

Adivasi Economics and Investment-forced Displacement Felix Padel

PART II: Legal Perspectives and the Role of the Judiciary

Constitution as Commons, Spatial Justice, and Estrangements in Adivasi India: The Continuing Legacy of Three Legal Cases Kalpana Kannabiran

Judiciary and Tribal Rights in India: Shifting Terrains of Judicial Pronouncements Jagannath Ambagudia

PART III: The Realities of Legal Protection of Indigenous Resource Rights

Mining and Dispossession: Exploring the Exclusion of the Tribals in Keonjhar District in Odisha Seema Mallik

Water as Resource: Social Differentiation, Reform, and Water Users Associations in Western India Suhas Bhasme

Land is Our Ancestor: Gender, Land Acquisition, and the Nagri Movement in Jharkhand Rahul Ranjan

Changing Land Rights in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya: A Gendered Approach Kavita N. Soreide

About the Editors and Contributors


Antje Linkenbach, Senior Fellow, Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany; Adjunct Professor, University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Vidhu Verma, Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.


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