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This collection provides multiple perspectives regarding the possibility of creating sustainable education practices that are integrated into and relevant to the needs and practices on a global scale. It also focuses on the failure of traditional education to address the problems of globalization. The articles conceive sustainable development education as focusing on the holistic development of the body and mind, encompassing a wide range of issues. This idea is also central to the Gandhian tradition of life knowledge and Nai Talim (New Education). The uniqueness of this compilation is in the multiple perspectives it provides, establishing workable links between local communities, governments, and international organizations that would enable sustainable human development.
Chapter 1: Caste, Exclusion, and Marginalized Groups in India: Dalit Deprivation in India
Caste, Exclusion, and Marginalized Groups in India: Dalit Deprivation in India
Historically, the caste system has formed the social and economic framework for the life of people in India. In its essential form, caste as a system of social and economic governance is based on certain principles and customary rules, which are distinct and unique. It involves division of people into social groups (or castes) in which the social and economic rights of each individual caste are predetermined by birth. The assignment (or division) of these rights among castes is unequal and hierarchical.
The unequal and hierarchical (graded) access to economic and social rights implies that every caste, except those at the top of the caste ...