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Diffuse authority in the Beedi commodity chain: Naxalite and state governance in tribal Telangana (India)

Bert Suykens (UGent)
(2010) Development and change. 41(1). p.153-178
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Although the Naxalite (Maoist) influence in India stretches from the north of Bihar to the south of Andhra Pradesh, their impact on the political economy of the Indian countryside – and more specifically the tribal livelihood economy – remains understudied. As a first step to better understand this issue, I want to look at how resource access is mediated in areas where both the state and the Naxalites possess some degree of public authority. More specifically, I will look at the trade in tendu leaves, used to make beedi cigarettes, as this –low profile lootable – resource provides the single most important source of income both for the tribals in North Telangana during the summer season), and for the Maoists. I present a commodity chain framework, adapted to the concerns of multiple public authority, to better understand the linkages both between tribal procurement and Naxalite taxation and between government and Naxalite authority. I argue that in a situation of long-term conflict relatively stable joint extraction regimes can be organized, by which the state, the Naxalites and private actors can benefit from multiple authority over certain small-scale lootable resources.
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Maoist, Naxalite, authority, resource access, commodity chain, India

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Suykens, Bert. “Diffuse Authority in the Beedi Commodity Chain: Naxalite and State Governance in Tribal Telangana (India).” Development and Change, vol. 41, no. 1, 2010, pp. 153–78.
APA
Suykens, B. (2010). Diffuse authority in the Beedi commodity chain: Naxalite and state governance in tribal Telangana (India). Development and Change, 41(1), 153–178.
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Suykens, Bert. 2010. “Diffuse Authority in the Beedi Commodity Chain: Naxalite and State Governance in Tribal Telangana (India).” Development and Change 41 (1): 153–78.
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Suykens, Bert. 2010. “Diffuse Authority in the Beedi Commodity Chain: Naxalite and State Governance in Tribal Telangana (India).” Development and Change 41 (1): 153–178.
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Suykens B. Diffuse authority in the Beedi commodity chain: Naxalite and state governance in tribal Telangana (India). Development and change. 2010;41(1):153–78.
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B. Suykens, “Diffuse authority in the Beedi commodity chain: Naxalite and state governance in tribal Telangana (India),” Development and change, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 153–178, 2010.
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