The Political Art of Patience: Adivasi Resistance in India

Caleb Johnston

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This article documents the emergence of the Denotified Rights Action Group (DNG-RAG), a national social movement orchestrated to assert the citizenship rights of adivasi (indigenous) populations in India. It assesses the movement’s efforts to engage the central Indian government in meaningful dialogue to accommodate the inclusion of marginalized adivasis in the democratic politics of the nation. In doing so, the DNT-RAG reasserts the primacy of the Indian state as the principal engine driving the project of nation building, and as such, the site that activists target to further an agenda of equitable development and democratic rights for those known as India’s Denotified Tribes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1268-1286
Number of pages19
JournalAntipode: A Radical Journal of Geography
Issue number4
Early online date15 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012


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