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STANDING AT THE EDGE : Representation and Electoral Reservation for Scheduled Tribes in Orissa

Jagannath Ambagudia
The Indian Journal of Political Science
Vol. 67, No. 2 (APR.- JUNE, 2006), pp. 285-294
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41856215
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STANDING AT THE EDGE : Representation and Electoral Reservation for Scheduled Tribes in Orissa
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Abstract

The achievements of preferential policies and programmes in Orissa are significant, even if they fall short of the targets and quotas set. Undeniably, they have produced substantial redistribution effects, though distribution is not spread evenly throughout the beneficiary groups. Reserved seats, for instance, provide an important legislative presence and swell the flow of patronage, attention and favourable policy to Scheduled Tribes (STs) that would otherwise be lacking. In tribal society of Orissa, political participation is closely associated with the social characteristics of the society. The political behaviour of the tribals is not very much individual. Meanwhile, the tribals of Orissa have developed cynicism towards government both at the Centre and in the State.

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