UNMASKING NATIONALIST AND MARXIST CONSTRUCTIONS OF ADIVASI UPRISING:
AN EXERCISE IN HISTORICAL REASSEMBLING
Nationalist and Marxist scholars have dubiously documented and interpreted adivasi political history. While on the one hand they shower accolades on adivasi leaders, on the other they consciously negate any organic political consciousness prevalent among adivasis. Ironic as it may seem, any consciousness or thinking articulated outside the Nationalist and Marxist paradigm is attributed by them as ahistorical or pre-political. Such constructions have not only ethnicised adivasi politics but also led to peripheralisation of adivasi society. Although adivasi mobilisations did contextually manifest at either regional or local levels, most of these struggles reflected a strong sense of political consciousness stemming from within their own concrete conditions. This article is an attempt to challenge the historical invisibilisation of adivasi struggles by Nationalist and Marxist historians, reassemble distorted Nationalist and Marxist constructions of adivasi realities and position rebellious adivasi uprisings within its own organic framework in time and space.
Dr. Bhangya Bhukya is Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad- 500046 and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org