The significance of these uprisings in relation to my criticism of Chatterjee’s argument is that rather than being articulated as rejections of colonial or princely overlordship or as escapes to what James Scott has referred to as “non-state space”, the Bhil revolts during this period took the form of of the terms of their integration into these emergent polities.
In these revolts, the Bhils wanted to see the British ousted from their region, but simultaneously wished for the former princely rulers – and with them the old and less onerous systems of taxation – to be restored.
Rebellion still revolved around the negotiation of the terms of incorporation, and the strategy that the Bhils adopted sought to pit different segments of the state against each other.
Thus, one of the rebelling chieftains – Cheel Naik, who revolted in the early months of 1819 – wrote to the British: “It is necessary to let you know that you have not performed your engagement, on which account we attacked the village.
If you will now provide for us, we will refrain from plundering.
Indeed, this is a central motif of Piketty’s .
In Harvey’s hands, the right to the city is a claim to some kind of shaping power over the processes of urbanisation, over the ways in which our cities are made and remade, and to do so in a fundamental and radical way.
Navarro frequents restaurants such as the Danubio on Calle Uruguay in the Centro Histórico, or the Bellinghausen in the Zona Rosa.
In the 1940s, another Mexican writer and ‘chronicler of Mexico City’, Salvador Novo sketched in his  the sustenance gained in such establishments.
In fact, I suggest that it is historically and analytically unsatisfactory to posit a simple distinction between, on one hand, an “old” form of peasant politics that was animated by a communal form of power opposed to an alien and external state, and, on the other hand, a “new” form of peasant politics in which the state and its technologies of rule are internal and constituent elements.
I make this argument on the basis of a detailed reading of the resistance mounted by Bhil Adivasis in western India across a hundred-year period – from the 1820s to the 1920s.
In 1911, Bhils in the state of Dungarpur (southern Rajasthan) came together under the charismatic leadership of Govind Giri – a social reformer of nomadic caste background – in a movement that opposed Rajput landlords and envisioned the coming of Bhil rule in the region.