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Subba Rao: We should get constitutional recognition and rights

Only assurances will not work. We want representation. Dalits have representation, and so do Adivasis and OBCs. However, we are none of them. We are DNTs. We do not want a share in the facilities granted to the SCs, STs or OBCs. Here is a detailed interview with M. Subbarao, a social worker committed to the cause of the Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic tribes

The Balkrishna Renke Commission had submitted its report to the Central government on 30 June 2008. In the preface to the report, the Commission wrote: “The people, who had been historically oppressed and disadvantaged, were put under different social categories, such as the SCs, STs, and OBCs. Each was accorded certain privileges to overcome its socio-economic disabilities. In this categorization, the communities that were earlier part of the Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes were also included in the lists of SC, ST, and OBC categories. However, their categorization was not logical or uniform. There are still a number of Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes which have not been included in any one of these categories. Instead, they are placed at par with the communities of the general category. These communities have a long history of marginalization, neglect, and oppression, first during the colonial rule, and subsequently, in independent India.”

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