Negotiating Claims, Solidarity, and Dissent: A Political Ecology Perspective on Indigenous Migration: Eighth Lecture in the series on Migration


Date: Feb. 4, 2017

Venue: 10, Mangles Road, Jagjivan Ram Institute of Parliamentary Studies and Political Research, Patna (near the State Election Commission’s Office)

Speaker: Aruna Pandey, Research and Institutional Partnerships Officer, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation, New Delhi.


Discourse on migration of indigenous peoples has considerably focused on their displacement or dispossession from their ancestral lands. This paper attempts to establish the linkage between emerging politics of solidarity and dissent in natural resource governance practice in India and indigenous migration through the study of two solidarity economy initiatives in Manipur and Orissa. The paper discusses mobility of indigenous communities, capital and resources into and out of forests, and its role in negotiating and shaping the evolving power relations, institutional networks, landscapes and livelihoods. The paper concludes with a discussion on effects of indigenous migration on forests and agrarian landscapes in the context of competing claims and its potential to transform production relations, access to forests, as well as varied notions of belonging and indigeneity.

Organised by: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Patna Centre Jagjivan Ram Institute of Parliamentary Studies and Political Research

Lecture Series on Migration

We live in the ‘Age of Migration’. Though migration is an old phenomenon, actively promoted by the Colonial State, It was after the advent of liberalisation and integration of markets that migration has accelerated and diversified exponentially. This has made migration a complex and multi-dimensional phenomenon. The lectures under the series would try to explore these complexities by looking into the relationship between migration and labour processes, globalisation and liberalisation, partition, ecology, gender, land and tenancy, urbanisation, state policies, violence, and social justice. A couple of lectures would also discuss folk literature as an epistemic source to understand migration.

TISS in Patna

The Centre for Development Practice and Research is a Patna-based centre of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The Centre has been established, with support from the Takshila Educational Society, with the objective to pursue research and publication, limited teaching and direct extension work in the community. Presently, the Centre is engaged in research on migration, school education and caste-based practices. It has initiated a lecture series on Migration and will be conducting a seven-day orientation course on Migration from February 20 to 26, 2017. For details, visit: