Bridging the Social Gap: Perspectives on Dalit Empowerment addresses four interrelated issues. It conceptualises exclusion-linked deprivation of excluded and indigenous groups in Indian society and elaborates the concept and meaning of social exclusion in general, and of caste-, untouchability- and ethnicity-based exclusion in particular. It then presents the status of disadvantaged groups of Dalit and Adivasi and captures inter-social group inequalities in the attainment of human development. It then goes on to analyse factors associated with high deprivation of these disadvantaged groups in terms of low access to resources, employment, education and social needs. Finally, it highlights the role of caste discrimination in economic, civil and political spheres in the persistence of group inequalities.

All these issues have been explained using simple language; relevant and recent data; case studies; news highlights related to civil, social, economic and political rights violation for easy and better understanding of readers.

Access to Agricultural Land and Capital Assets

Access to agricultural land and capital assets
R.S.Deshpande and MotilalMahamallik

Asset holdings indicate the economic position of a household or group which is determined partially by the current economic activities and largely by a derivative from cumulative operations in the labour, product and factor markets. The current asset-holding position of Dalit households has its roots in the economic discrimination faced by them. It has been well-documented that a Dalit household cannot acquire land very easily and further cannot retain the land even if it succeeds to acquire it. Over the years, the trends in ownership and operational holding of land by Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) need to be viewed in a comprehensive manner in order to understand ...

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