ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Dichotomies of Categorisation of Denotified Tribes: Reflections from Karnataka

Historically, Karnataka has made a bold attempt to include various castes, races, tribes while creating its unified scheduled caste category. Around 101 communities, including denotified, nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes, were included in the existing Scheduled Caste list along with “ex-untouchable” communities. The diversity of castes, tribes, and races included in the Scheduled Caste list created various challenges to public policy interventions related to the provision of reservation in politics, employment, and educational opportunities. This article traces the complex journey of inclusion of denotified tribes to the Scheduled Caste list through a colonial and postcolonial policy narrative and its challenges.

Life at the Margins of Salt and Desperation: A Photo Essay

The lives of the Agariyas are filled with trials and tribulations, and every day, they wake up with a hope for a better life.

Status of Denotified Tribes

A study on the socio-economic and educational status of denotified tribes reveals that members of these tribes are plagued by chronic poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, health complications, and substandard living conditions, apart from the label of ex-criminals. They face an identity crisis in the absence of statutory documents and therefore, need special policies for their welfare and upliftment.

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