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Economic Reforms and Social Exclusion is an analytical study that focuses on the socially marginalized and excluded groups in India since the onset of liberalization. It examines how the liberal economic reforms have impacted socio-economic categories—caste, tribe and religious minorities—subjecting them to further deprivation.

Case studies of handloom weavers, VRS workers and the temperance movement have awarded this study empirical reality. The book also offers a refreshing approach to the study of economic reforms through philosophical and theoretical arguments on issues like civil society, religion, caste and alienation.

Since most of the scholarly works on social exclusion are based on Western notions of ‘deprivation’ and ‘exclusion’, this work's unique focus on India lends the reader a context-specific understanding of the subject. The jargon free language makes the ...

Liberalization and the Adivasi Development
Liberalization and the adivasi development

After SCs, adivasis constitute an important social group that is traditionally excluded from the mainstream society in India. The adverse impact of reforms that were discussed in Chapter 5 in relation to SCs are equally applicable to STs, who are popularly referred to as adivasis. However, there is a degree of difference between adivasis and dalits. The adivasis are physically secluded from the mainstream while dalits are both physically and mentally isolated.

The adivasi population of India at 0.08 billion constitutes 8.2 per cent of the Indian subcontinent and is the largest segment in the world (excluding the African continent). Several schemes and projects have been implemented to bring them up to the level of mainstream population ...

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