Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2006
Nomads' Society
Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.
This description of Manikkam Shankar's work was prepared when Manikkam Shankar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
India’s large population of nomadic tribal peoples often remain outside any form of official government classification and are therefore denied basic services like education, health, and social security benefits. Shankar is developing a system that legitimizes India’s nomadic peoples as actors in the informal economy and as members of trade unions. By giving this population an identity already recognized by the State, Shankar is providing them access to social services and creating a negotiating platform from which to advocate for further progress in human rights and social justice.
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