By Uma Dey Sarkar
The author is a research scholar, Csrd, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tribes are marginalised to make way for the well-being of the economically and politically stronger. However, the neo-liberal regime has ensured that these communities are pushed into near obliteration as their livelihoods are sacrificed for the ‘national interest’.
Since independence, India has followed the dominant paradigm of development —of transforming traditional, agrarian economies into modern, complex ‘industrialised’ ones. Massive industrial facilities and ambitious irrigation, hydro-electricity and mining projects heralded a new age in India’s history. The onset of economic liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation has only seen this model being followed more assiduously. Basic to all such ‘developmental’ projects is land and massive land acquisition has been a marked feature of this era. Lands in close proximity to urban...