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

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Rathva Denotification

“Denotification of the Rathvas as Adivasis in Gujarat” by Arjun Rathva, Dhananjay Rai and N Rajaram (EPW, 8 February 2014) is a timely intervention in evolving debates on this marginalised section of the people. I would like to add the following points to it:

(i) Though the lists of the scheduled tribes (STs) are notified state-wise and union territory-wise, a state government or union territory has no power to de-notify any of the tribes on its own. This power vests with the union government through a presidential order, so the move of the Gujarat government to de-notify the Rathvas as a ST is unconstitutional.

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