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Complexities of Collaboration, Negotiation and Contestation: Agragamee and the State – isec

Complexities of Collaboration, Negotiation and Contestation: Agragamee and the State

Abstract

Agragamee is one of the better-known civil society organization in the country. It is located in the tribal hinterlands of the state of Odisha. Since its origin in the late 70s and early 80s, this sociallycommitted organisation has witnessed different phases in its relation with the state while performing its developmental functions. The trajectory of relation with the state for the organisation began with collaboration in the early phase. Then, as the organisation matured with emphasis on a rights-based approach, the relation got transformed into negotiation and expression of differences and finally into contestation and resistance. This paper aims at analysing the dynamics surrounding the changing relation of the NGO with the state and their implications for Agragamee’s political and developmental characters in a nuanced way.

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