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 Swedish researcher writes on dispossessed tribals in central India

patrikDr. Patrik Oskarsson, from the fall 2013 working as a lecturer at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, but with a PhD from School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, has published an article entitled ‘Dispossession by Confusion from Mineral-Rich Lands in Central India‘ in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 36:2 (2013).

The article is based on his doctoral dissertation from 2010, entitled ”The law of the Land Contested: Bauxite Mining in Tribal, Central India in an Age of Economic Reform” (available on the Internet, go for the thesis), highlighting how Bauxite mineral projects in central India in recent years have generated conflicts over both the physical environment and equitable development for very vulnerable people. In one such project, a joint venture between the state government of Andhra Pradesh and a private investor, attempts are currently being made to open up land constitutionally reserved for India’s Scheduled Tribes. The final outcome, though still uncertain, depends not only on the relative material resources of the opposing parties, but on a drawn-out process of contestation where the discursive resistance to tribal land dispossession has strong historical roots and many active supporters. Thus, for the project’s promoters, their advantage rests on their ability to create confusion via superior access to, and control over, information, rather than relying on their direct authority.on a dissertation focusing on the contestation over land use when a bauxite mineral project was proposed in the adivasi areas of northern part of Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Patrik’s Swedish university background is a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University in 2000. After that he has worked as volunteer for the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in New Delhi, and Samata in Hyderabad – an NGO working on tribal welfare issues in Andhra Pradesh, before doing his PhD at East Anglia.  During 2011-12, Patrik Oskarsson worked as Assistant Professor at Azim Premji University in Bangalore. More information on Patrik’s research.

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