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.
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- indigenous peoples
- social movements
- subaltern studies