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

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In Search of Justice

The issue of the dalhi lands in the Konkan region of Maharashtra is a case of tribal land alienation. Despite the Maharashtra government's decision in 1970 to confer individual property rights on the dalhi plot holders, bureaucratic inertia and lack of political will have seen to it that the decision does not get implemented. Various action groups in the coastal region conducted agitations but the issue, over the period, instead getting resolved, has grown complicated. At present, the rampant urbanisation and commercialisation process in the coastal region threatens not only the very livelihood of the tribal communities but also their culture and identity. The paper aims to put forth strategies and means by which the long-pending issue can be resolved.

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