P50
Narratives of coping with marginalization: impact of state policies on natural resources and tribal lives

Convenors:
Eswarappa Kasi (Indira Gandhi National Tribal University )
Smita Yadav (University of Sussex)
Location:
Convention Centre Lecture Hall-II
Start time:
6 April, 2012 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Narratives and the experiences of tribes for compensation, resettlement, and livelihoods reveal insurmountable neglect and ignorance of tribal lives and their constant marginalization.

Long abstract:

Aesthetic dimensions of tribal communities’ experiences and narratives in India represent a constant state of neglect and ignorance of their everyday lives as they are forced to cope with policies of natural resource and forest conservation. For a long-time, the tribal communities who have been completely forest-dependent and living in harmony with nature find themselves in hand-to-mouth existence as they are forced to cope with a life dependent on illegal mining, migration, as well as seasonal livelihoods. After the process of liberalization and globalization, the role of the state has become minimal and this opens the doors to large scale establishment of companies in the tribal heartlands. There are huge projects for instance Vedanta, Tata and mining giants etc, which are directly affecting the tribal communities’ lives. These MNCs are targeting the poor and marginalised sections and threatening them with state forces. This has become politicised and everyday affairs in the areas of tribal areas of India. Thus, these situations have forced tribal people to migrate to other areas in search of livelihood. How far tribal communities have cope up with this scenario aesthetically is the central concern of our panel. The tribal communities’ narratives and consequences portrayed empirically so far gives us an idea to revisit on these critical issues. Further, to get the attention of the academicians, there should be forums like ASA, which passes the message to the state as well as people through our deliberations, discussions and interactions. Keeping these broad issues into the fore our panel invites scholars and academicians to contribute and disseminate their knowledge into the practice on our theme of enquiry.