chapter  3
Many laws, many orders
Disputes and their processing in the non-state arena
WithKalindi Kokal
Pages 15

This chapter focuses on the manner in which disputes were processed in the village communities in Gonjhe and the Dharamgarh valley. It explains the manner in which disputes move through various layers of legality as they are processed. Disputes, as a type of conflict, are “essential to society and not necessarily, antisocial to be utterly removed”. Disputes were often perceived to turn into a tamasha when there had been a necessarily public exchange of verbal abuses and insults, or some physical assaults, or when either party may have approached the police station or a local leader in the event. Disputes were largely viewed as minor breaks in the everyday order of things, and not too important to receive a lot of attention and energy, but nevertheless some disputes could not be ignored entirely.