THE KAL ODDARS HIDDEN AND IGNORED FROM THE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
The Kal Oddar is a Denotified Criminal Tribe which is still feeling the impact of the Criminal Tribes Act, 1871. This paper highlights the context of the Criminal Tribes Act and the continued legacy of discrimination against denotified tribes in India. This paper uses a sample of 324 households of Kal Oddar families in South Tamil Nadu to reiterate the social exclusion and lack of development faced by this particular denotified community. The study uses data to bring to the fore issues relating to the development and non-accessibility of social development for the Kal Oddars. Continued criminality and an identity crisis have been identified and discussed in the paper.
Keywords: De-notified communities, Kal Oddars, social exclusion,