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Felix Padel is an activist-oriented anthropologist educated in Oxford and Delhi Universities. His main books include ‘Sacrificing People: Invasions of a Tribal Landscape’ (1995/2010), ‘Out of This Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel’ (with Samarendra Das, 2010/2020) and ‘Ecology, Economy: Quest for a Socially Informed Connection’ (with Ajay Dandekar and Jeemol Unni, 2013). He has held positions at various institutions in India, including Professor of Rural Management at the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur, 2012-14, and Visiting Professor in North Eastern Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, 2014-15.