Nelson Mandela S is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. His on-going PhD work analyses the class dynamics of rural transformation and inequality in Tamil Nadu. He has done MA and MPhil in Economics from the University of Hyderabad. His MPhil dissertation was titled “State, Markets and Tribal Livelihoods: A case study of Paliyars of Tamil Nadu”. His research interests include Agrarian Change, Political Economy, and Tribal Development Approaches in India.