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India’s Scheduled Areas

Untangling Governance, Law and Politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly, Sujit Kumar

Routledge India

268 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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This volume explores the complexities of governance, law and politics in India’s Scheduled Areas. The Scheduled Areas (SAs) are those parts of the country which have been identified by the Fifth and sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India and are inhabited predominantly by tribal communities or Scheduled Tribes. SAs are often identified by their geographical isolation, primitive economies, and relatively egalitarian and closely-knit society. Irrespective of the constitutional provision for governance and a mandate of devolution of power in terms of funds, functions and functionaries, the backwardness of these areas have remained a challenge.

This volume attempts to explore the reasons behind the disregard for legal and institutional mechanism designed for the SAs. It examines the role of the State in the neoliberal era on fund allocation and utilization, governance of land and forest resources, ineffectiveness of the existing administrative structures and processes. It also looks into the interpretations of law by the judiciary while dealing with community rights vis-à-vis the state’s prerogative of bringing development to the regions; and how development concerns are addressed in the name of ‘good governance’ by various stakeholders.

Comprehensive and topical, this volume will be useful for scholars and researchers of political studies, development studies, developmental economics, sociology and social anthropology, and for policy makers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction PART I Governance in SAs: Laws, institutions and politics 2. Fund Allocation for Tribals in the Scheduled Areas: Lack of Inter-linkages and Utilization 3. Manki-Munda System of West Singbhum: Changing Ideologies of Governance and Development during pre-colonial and Colonial Eras PART II Good Governance: Dealing with Development Issues the Scheduled Areas 4. Instrumentalities of Governance in a multi-ethnic Nation-State: Scheduled Area governance 5. Role of Tribal Autonomous Councils in Economic Development in the Sixth Scheduled Areas 6. Governance of Common Property Resources in India 7. Development and Governance Challenges in Maoist Affected Areas: An Interrogation 8. Healthcare Performance Gap Among Tribal Population in India: An Analysis of Scheduled Areas PART III Judiciary, laws and litigation in SAs: Relief or confusion! 9. Historical Wrongs and Forest Rights: Nascent Jurisprudence on FRA 10. Panchayati Raj (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act PESA: Potentials and Reality11. Politics of Dispossession: Land, Laws and Protest in Jharkhand

About the Editors

Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly was former Professor at the Centre for Rural Studies, LBSNAA, Mussorie and the Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India. She has worked as a researcher, an academician and a development practitioner; her areas of interest include the land question, collective action for social justice, research methodology, and Gujarat. Of fourteen publications, the recent ones are on protest movements in Gujarat (2015), land rights in India (2016), and on land titling. Her forthcoming publications are on land question in Neoliberal India and e-waste management in India. She has also edited and contributed to various academic journals of repute.

Sujit Kumar is affiliated with St. Joseph’s College, Department of Political Science, Bengaluru, India. His areas of research interest include Adivasi politics, political economy, political thought and Indian politics. He has studied the different aspects of Adivasi society; particularly in context of land acquisition. He has published articles in journals like Studies in Indian Politics, Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Economic and Political Weekly, Seminar, Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies