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Nandini Sundar

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Nandini Sundar is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. Her recent publications include,  The Burning Forest: India’s War in Bastar  (Verso 2019, Juggernaut Press, 2016); an edited volume,  The Scheduled Tribes and their India  (OUP, 2016);  Civil Wars in South Asia: State, Sovereignty, Development  (co-edited with Aparna Sundar, Sage 2014); andInequality and Social Mobility in Post-Reform India, Special Issue of  Contemporary South Asia  (co-edited with Ravinder Kaur, 2016).  She has also authored  Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar  (2nd ed. 2007); co-authored  Branching Out: Joint Forest Management in India  (2001), edited  Legal Grounds: Natural Resources, Identity and the Law in Jharkhand   (2009), and co-edited  Anthropology in the East: The founders of Indian sociology and anthropology  (2007).  She was awarded the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences (Social Anthropology) in 2010, the Ester Boserup Prize for Development Research, 2016 and the Malcolm Adiseshiah Prize for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies, 2017.

A Mahagatbandhan in the Forests is the Need of the Hour

Analysing the results of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 in the 133 scheduled tribes dominated constituencies in the country, the Community Forest Res