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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.46

Everyday Life, Social Structure & Social Relations: Settlements in Telangana after Moving out of Basta



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The counterinsurgency operation in Chhattisgarh in 2005 was a planned programme, to combat the Maoist insurgency in the region. Though the State had alternatives set for in Chhattisgarh, it had no rehabilitation plans for those who did not wish to stay in the make-shift camps, be it for those who wanted to return to the village or for those who wanted to escape the current scheme of violence. The most significant aspect of people moving to Telangana this time was a sense of urge—this time it was not the seasonal migration that caused them to move out. This time they were more or less like illegal squatters, illegal encroachers on the State’s property. On the other hand, the people were categorized as Internally Displaced Persons instead of Adivasis migrating under distress. From being legal citizens in their own land to now becoming a ‘squatter’ was what the Adivasis were identified as. This article(which was a chapter in my Ph.D thesis) traces the route of the Adivasis leaving the village and moving into Telangana. It is an attempt to look at the everyday life of the Adivasis living in the Settlements of Telangana,