How far does the government's influence reachMonarchy was toxic according to the senate of Roman Republic. In ancient India it is always said, Raja governs with Rajneeti in his kingdom but jungles are always governed by Prakruti. Meaning, law is enforced only in civilisation. Government, though we don't think of it that way, plays the role of the king. It enforces and makes law. It provides prosperity, protection and integrity to its people. But who the government considers people, is highly biased. India has roughly 20-30% of its total area inhabited by forests. Roughly 30% of India is covered by mountains to our amusement. Roughly 16% is desert in India.
How far does laws made by government reach? Theoritically all of India. But is that true? Mountain tribes of North East live by their own law. Rajastani and Gujarati nomads follow their own law. Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattishgarh and Orissa have their forest tribes which follow their own life and law.
Nothing has changed since antiquity. Horse riding nomads, desert wanderers, forest and mountain tribes etc.., were considered barbarians. Today, we give them reservations and invite them into society. But did we ever accept them? They are seen as exotic people. Law reaches people the most soundly who are in cities. Just like in ancient times. And cities prosper at the cost of "uncivilised". What we do is merely relocation of people, from their habitat to cities. We require these inhabitable regions as borders, these people as shields, to protect our fruitful cities. Wouldn't it be nice if welfare and law wasn't directly tied to civilisation?