Denotified Rights Action Group
I have contributed to documenting the emergence of the Denotified Rights Action Group (DNT-RAG), a national social movement orchestrated to assert the citizenship rights of adivasi (indigenous) populations in India. Bringing together a coalition of organizations from across the country and led by prominent cultural figures, this research assesses the movement’s efforts to engage the central Indian government in meaningful dialogue in order to further the democratic rights of those known as India’s Denotified Tribes.
In a very concrete way, the DNT-RAG works with the awareness that it is not the universality of rights that define democratic politics in India, but rather the machinations of government that depend upon the technological and discursive practices through which subjects are rendered governed. In mobilizing to bring subaltern DNTs within the structures of law and governance, the movement demonstrates how the technologies, knowledges and categories that comprise India’s governmental apparatus remain a focal point of resistance politics.