Category Archives: Colonial policies

In 1871, the British passed the “Criminal Tribes Act.” It notified about 150 tribes around India as criminal, giving the police wide powers to arrest them and monitor their movements. The effect of this law was simple: just being born into one of those 150 tribes made you a criminal. – Dilip D’Souza (Bombay based freelance journalist)
Source: Vicious cycle in Folio “Adivasi”: Special issue with the Sunday Magazine of The Hindu (JULY 16, 2000)

Colonialiality is a dynamic we need to be alert for as much in the present even within so-called independent, decolonized countries. – Priyamvada Gopal on the rights of indigenous peoples including Adivasis (CBC radio, 10 October 2019)
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/if-you-support-human-rights-you-re-obliged-to-be-an-anti-colonialist-argues-scholar-1.5315358

[O]wing to old colonial practices of ‘plantation’, the indigenous Mannan people lost their land and were rendered dependents on the activities pertaining to cultivation of cardamom. The ‘development’ of their land as cardamom plantation continued even after Independence; the colonial model of plantation development was in totality adopted by the nation-state, and it marked a cultural onslaught on the tribal people. The development model alienated tribals from their land, their culture and diluted their worldview. – Anu Krishnan, “Plantation Development and Tribes: Experiences of Expropriation of Land, History and Identity-A Case of Mannans” (National Conference Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative, New Delhi, 27-28 February 2017)
https://www.indiantribalheritage.org/?p=23073

Audio | CBC Unreserved on “Decolonizing the classroom: Is there space for Indigenous knowledge in academia?” – Canada

Priyamvada Gopal on the rights of indigenous peoples (Adivasi in India): Colonialiality is a dynamic we need to be alert for as much in the present even within so-called independent, decolonized countries [quote from 31:30 onwards] Listen to the full … Continue reading

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Research on tribal communities, their customs, languages and rights facilitated by Indian universities: PhD theses published on Shodhganga (public access)

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Tips | Nature, wildlife and more

Suggestions for search words: “tribal wildlife”,”biodiversity forest dwellers”, “Adivasi forest rights”, “nature conservation tribe”; for better search results, combine these words with a particular state or region of special interest: e.g. Madhya Pradesh, Bastar, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya Gandhi believed that … Continue reading

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Representations of Birsa Munda: Leader of the 1890 Munda rebellion – Jharkhand

To read or download the full issue, click here >> Visualizing memories In his article, Daniel Rycroft addresses the problem of cultural heritage and its construction. Dealing with the cultural interface between Adivasis and post-colonial governance, he redefines heritage as ‘looking … Continue reading

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Remembering Birsa Munda: The charismatic tribal leader who shook the British Empire – Jharkhand

Birsa Munda – The Tribal HeroAditi Shah, livehistoryindia.com, July 26, 2018 | Read the full story here >>Imagine a 25-year-old who took on an empire, left an indelible mark on tribal rights across the country and was seen as a mystic and folk … Continue reading

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