Understanding the mechanism of tribal community inclusion to Scheduled Tribe list in India: Meitei Tribe plea

Oinam Ghanashyam Khumancha, oinam Teresa Khumancha


In India, there are many communities, for the purpose of administrative and other social purposes communities are categorised to Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Caste, Other Backward Class, Economical Backward Class and Unreserved or General. This categorisation provides access and barrier accordingly. Some backward tribes are categorised an unreserved or general, these hamper any development of the community. To mend such mistake Government of India device the rules and procedure to re-categorised. Meitei is one of the poorest tribe of India which still yet to incorporated under the Scheduled Tribes list of India. When there was British India, they were under the forest tribe category. For the last more than seventy years, they were put under the so-called general/unreserved categories. Due that they were denied access to the religious place in deep forest and mountain tops. Only now they start to request Government of India to include them to be in Scheduled Tribes list of India. So, that they can little protection from the Government of India to safeguard its culture and traditions as well as access to their religious places.


Meitei, Scheduled Tribe status; religion; language; culture; population; economy.

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