A SMALL indigenous party is hoping to break India’s political mould by taking on bigger parties in the current general election, pledging to protect land and forest rights, and create a new state for tribal people.

The Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), founded in 2017 by indigenous leader Chhotubhai Vasava, won its first seats in the Gujarat state election just two months later and secured two more seats in Rajasthan last year.