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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.21
Identity politics, solidarities and development in Jaunsar Bawar tribal region
Jaunsar Bawar is declared as a tribal area by the government of India. Hence those living in the region even when they identify themselves as belonging to privileged castes enjoy the benefits of being categorised as scheduled tribes. These privileged castes have come to dominate politics in the region and are depriving the really deprived scheduled castes from the benefits of development. The latter are becoming politically restive and are resisting upper caste dominance. I propoes to examine the dynamics of this conflict using my fieldwork data that I collected over three months in the region.