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Tribal land alienation and Adivasis' struggle for autonomy: The case of Bhadrachalam Scheduled Area, Telangana, India

Dalal Benbabaali

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Based on a case study of the Bhadrachalam Scheduled Area of Telangana, this article argues that the Adivasis of Central India seek autonomy as a response to their dispossession and to the accumulation of capital taking place in their resource-rich territories. The two main factors that have curtailed Adivasi autonomy through land alienation are analysed. The first is a process of agricultural colonization, wherein settlers belonging to agrarian dominant castes have moved into Adivasi territory and acquired tribal lands, thus dispossessing the original owners and reducing them to daily wage labourers. The second process is the industrialization of tribal areas where raw material is available and manpower is cheap, allowing for rapid accumulation through the exploitation of both nature and labour. Adivasis' struggle for autonomy is therefore a way to reclaim control over their own resources and to preserve their distinct identity.
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hal-03833282 , version 1 (28-10-2022)

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Dalal Benbabaali. Tribal land alienation and Adivasis' struggle for autonomy: The case of Bhadrachalam Scheduled Area, Telangana, India. Modern Asian Studies, 2022, 56 (5, SI), pp.1672-1690. ⟨10.1017/S0026749X21000196⟩. ⟨hal-03833282⟩

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