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

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COTTON-Price of Social Obligation

tioned of fingerprints of an adivasi being taken on some documents immediately after his death. Adivasi tenants of absentee landlords were made to put thump impressions stating that they were only casual labourers with the result that they were deprived of their tenancy rights. The bulk of adivasi cultivators have been forced out of their lands by largely foul means in the las: five decades. Adivasis being mostly illiterate and poor had no lawyers, no police officers, no journalists, no judges, no high officials from their community while their oppressors had all these. The crux of the matter, simply stated, is the following: adivasis who form over 70 per cent of the total population of Valia taluka are already becoming superfluous. Their only relevance to the ruling class is that they form an unending source of cheap and depressed wages for the landowners who misappropriated adivasi land.

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