A National Webinar dedicated to Late Prof. Dr. Vinay Kr. Srivastav, on the DNSNCs or Denotified, Nomadic & Semi Nomadic Communities: Historical, Legal and Social Perspectives, is being organized by University School of Law and Legal Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Dwarka, Delhi on April 17, 2021 (Saturday).

About the Organizer

This Webinar is being organized by the University School of Law and Legal Studies one of the 12 Schools of Studies of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in its Dwarka Campus, New Delhi. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University is one of the five state universities of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi established on 28 July 1998. It is a UGC recognized and NAAC accredited ‘A’ Grade University. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has been imparting professional education leading to Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctoral research degrees in the emerging fields of Management, Environmental Management, Biotechnology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, and Legal Studies, and Education.

Aim and Objectives

The DNTs remain at the bottom of our society and the basic citizenship rights are denied to them, leaving them socially excluded and marginalized. The endeavor of this event is the advocacy for rights and socio-political inclusion. Accordingly, the event objectives are:

  • To provide an academic forum for deliberations among the Anthropologists, Sociologists, young activists, and researchers working on various issues of DNTs and Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Communities;
  • To build a national platform for policy advocacy for DNTs & for creating an alliance between different stakeholders, including both state and non-state actors;
  • To address the developmental issues of the DNTs, with focus on the violation of their basic citizenship rights, including right legal documents, to livelihood, to landholding, education, and basic health facilities;
  • To ensure representation of these communities in policy decisions and budgetary planning and access to benefits of development schemes;
  • To end the discrimination and apathy of the administration and check the acts of criminalization and stigmatization of these communities;
  • To publish proceedings/papers highlighting the status, various forms of stigma, and discrimination of DNTs for wider outreach and to calibrate voices supporting the fight and advocacy for mainstreaming the DNTs.

Call for Papers

We invite papers from Academia, young Research Scholars, Anthropologists, Sociologists, Administrators, Law and Order Authorities highlighting their interaction and experience with DNTs, and Semi-Nomadic Communities. We are open to all kinds of experience sharing, as we want to portray the real picture/ plight of these groups. We are not sure whether we want to call them Tribes or Castes or Communities; our intention is to get them justice, at least from a Human Rights point. All Abstracts/Paper Submission should be communicated through – dntwebinar2021.ipu[at]gmail.com.

Indicative Themes for Paper Submissions

  • Origin and historical background of the DNTs: Criminal tribes, CTA, Habitual Offenders Act
  • Role of State and Civil Societies with respect to DNSNCs: National Commissions on DNTs, synthesis of welfare schemes, social movements, the role of police, NGOs/social activists
  • The political status of the DNSNCs: A conundrum of tribe, caste, and community; status with respect to citizenship rights; the scenario of their representation in political decision making and budgetary allocation
  • Socio-economic status of the DNSNCs: Marginal existence, denial of basic civic amenities and infrastructure, economic burden, and menial jobs.
  • Ethnic status of the DNSNCs: Unique customs and traditions that mark their identity, and how they are perceived by the larger society
  • The portrayal of the DNSNCs: DNTs as uncivilized, criminals, in media, literature, cinema

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 28-February-2021
  • Acceptance of abstracts: 10-March-2021
  • Submission for full paper: 30-March-2021
  • Date for Webinar (Tentative): 17-April-2021
  • Paper publication Formalities: 15-May-2021


For registration, interested candidates need to send their Expression of Interest (EOI) to dntwebinar2021.ipu[at]gmail.com

Organizers and Coordinators

Chief Patron

Padma Shri Prof (Dr.) Mahesh Verma, MD (Dental Surgery)
Vice-Chancellor, GGS Indraprastha University


Shri Ravi Dadhich
Registrar, GGS Indraprastha University

Conference Chair

Prof. A. P. Singh
Dean, USLLS, GGS Indraprastha University

Organizing Secretary

Prof. Deepshikha Agarwal
USLLS, GGS Indraprastha University

Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Queeny Pradhan Singh, USLLS
  • Prof. Anuj Kumar Vaksha, USLLS
  • Prof. Shivani Goswami, USLLS
  • Dr. Sheetal Arora, Assist. Professor, Sardar Patel Police University, Jodhpur

Coordinating Team

  • Ms. Sulbha Rai, Research Scholar, USHSS
  • Dr. Harshita Harshu, Independent Researcher
  • Ms. Varuni Yadav, Research Scholar, USHSS

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