Differential Subalterns in the Niyamgiri Movement in India

Radhika Borde*

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This essay discusses the politics of the non-Adivasi activists who participated in the Niyamgiri movement in the state of Odisha in India, which was aimed at preventing the mining of a mountain which an Adivasi community that lived on it considered sacred. It argues that these non-Adivasi activists were differentially subaltern, that some of them were as marginalized as the subaltern Adivasis they were representing and that they viewed the Adivasis through a mythopoeic lens. With the help of these arguments, it critiques some of the views of postcolonial scholar Gayatri Spivak pertaining to the representation of subalterns by activists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-582
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • India
  • indigenous peoples
  • social movements
  • subaltern studies


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