Hon’ble Minister for ST Welfare, Women & Child Welfare, Government of Telangana, Smt. Satyavathi Rathod released a book titled, “Democracy Development and Tribal Under Development” authored by Prof. Ramdas Rupavath, Head Centre for Human Rights, Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad.
This book covers a lot of related issues, such as Democracy, Development and Tribal under development, Repressive forms of tribal labour. India’s Constitution explicitly acknowledges the special position and needs of the country’s tribal populations, spread over 574 tribal groups. Central state support mechanisms remain important in the necessarily local business of improving the nation’s educational indicators and reducing the educational barriers for tribal children. Thus, India as a huge federal republic recognised during the 1980s and especially the 1990s that in addition to central regulations and centrally-sponsored schemes, the multiple processes of delivering appropriate educational structures and systems would need to be diversified and locally adjusted. Reflecting demographic realities, some Indian states and Union Territories have more work to do than others regarding tribal development, so that regional and local politics and practices of education would vary considerably across the country. Overall, while there are many important achievements, there are also significant challenges that demand further thought and action. This splendid new book identifies the continued need for special protective provisions for tribal children and community schools in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and many other parts of India.
Prof. Ramdas Rupavath, Head Centre for Human Rights, Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad. His areas of specialization include Indian Political Processes, Democracy, Development, Tribal Politics, Education and Politics, Pluralism and Politics of accommodation and Comparative Politics in Indigenous Societies. He did his MA, M.Phil., Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He was born in a small South Indian Telangana hamlet in the 1970s and grew up in the 1980s as part of the first generation born in post-colonial Telangana. Hamlets in India have not changed radically during 74 years of independence. He has published Four books Tribal Land Alienation and Political Movements: Socio-Economic Patterns from South India, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom, 2009; Democracy, Development and Tribes in India: Reality and Rhetoric, New Delhi, 2015; Democracy, Governance and Tribes in the Age of Globalized India: Reality and Rhetoric, New Delhi, 2015; Democracy of the Oppressed: Adivasi Poverty, Hunger (2020), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom. Telanagaloo Girijanulu Tirugubatllu, Nava Chetana Publishing House, Hyderabad. He has published a number of articles in National and International journals. He researched for a brief period at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden (2009).