In 2004 the Ministry for Tribal Affairs in India proposed a new ‘National Policy on Scheduled
Tribes’, a venture that has not been undertaken since Independence. The document is still a
draft; the Ministry has posted it on its homepage for feedback from interested parties. The
policy, the Ministry states, ‘seeks to bring Scheduled Tribes into the mainstream of society
through a multi-pronged approach for their all-round development’. Judging from the
massive critique by tribal or indigenous peoples’ organisations, much of the problem stems
from this very aspiration
2004. no 35, 8-9 p.