Discuss why the colonial government in India brought in the following laws. In each case, explain how the law changed the lives of pastoralists:
Criminal Tribes Act
Criminal Tribes Act: The British government eyed nomadic people with suspicion and disregard on account of their continuous movement. They could not be tracked down or placed in one particular place, unlike rural people in villages who were easy to identify and control. Hence, the colonial power viewed nomadic tribes as criminals. The Criminal Tribes Act was passed in 1871 and it further ruined the lives of the pastoralists who were now forced to live in notified settlements and were disallowed from moving out without a government permit.
Concept: Colonial Rule and Pastoral Life
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