Adivasi Demands and the 1989 Act

Adivasi Demands and the 1989 Act


  • The 1989 Act is important for another reason – Adivasi activists refer to it to defend their right to occupy land that was traditionally theirs.
  • They have also pointed to the fact that this Act merely confirms what has already been promised to tribal people in the Constitution – that land belonging to tribal people cannot be sold to or bought by non-tribal people.


  • The existence of a right or a law or even a policy on paper does not mean that it exists in reality.
  • The desire for equality, dignity and respect is not new. It has existed in different forms throughout our history as you have seen in this chapter.
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