State (Sarkar) and Society (Samaj)

  • Smita Yadav


In this chapter, Yadav will talk about the state itself. She shows how the state is an important agent of development for the Gonds; this is for both social transformation and empowerment purposes. The various development regimes or schemes, known as yojnas (social schemes), will also be discussed. She questions the critical role of the neoliberal postcolonial state of India in making substantive differences in the rural poor through these yojnas. She examines how these schemes contort the tribal imagination in the overall discourse of development and what contradictions of governance arise from them. She concludes by raising various contradictions and dilemmas related to state assistances that do not reach the targeted populations due to which Gonds turn to the informal economy.


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  • Smita Yadav
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  1. 1.University of BrightonBrightonUK
  2. 2.University of SussexBrightonUK

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