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School of Law- Presentation

Thursday 12th May 2016 11-12.00 a.m S111 FBE Building Laucala Campus

Introduction: Kriti Sharma is a lawyer and researcher based at Council for Social Development, Hyderabad. With a gendered lens, she has worked extensively on indigenous rights through training of tribal lawyers and developing legal materials on indigenous laws  which culminated into a book ‘Practice Guide for Tribal Advocacy’. In 2014 she addressed the Parliament of India's Standing Committee on the pending disability bills and is presently working on impact of armed conflict in Kashmir and social conflict in Bihar, specifically with resultant psycho-socio disability and treatments of disabled persons in prisons and state institutions. Past works include clerking with judges at the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court. She graduated from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2012.


Indigenous Governance and Right to Self Determination: Lessons from the Indian Sub-Continent

(Based on her book Practice Guide on Tribal Advocacy)


The tribal autonomous and semi autonomous areas within the Indian state have been infused with greater democratisation and rights over the last few decades which predominantly involve changes in the governance structure: introduction of Panchayati Raj (local government), Gram Sabha (village elected councils) along with enactment of Forest Rights Act, 2006 that grants a range of community and individual rights to the indigenous. 


Briefly explaining the governance model within the Indian Constitution, I seek to analyse its implementation on the ground and the impediments faced under the present socio-political system. In view of the paradigm shift in understanding indigenous rights after the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007 I dwell on whether these measures have been successful in meting out transitional justice to the indigenous of India? The discussion should end with the reflection on position of Fiji’s indigenous populations and democratisation, with possible lessons from the Indian subcontinent.

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