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

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The proposed Scheduled Tribes Bill promises a great deal but in effect delivers very little. The bill's recognition that a new law is necessary to correct the "historical injustice" rendered to adivasis is a welcome step. But in its current form, the bill appears inadequate; loopholes in its provisions might deny several among the current forest dwellers, their legitimate rights. Meanwhile, there are also plans to dilute the bill further under pressures from the environment ministry and wildlife pressure groups.

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