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.

The Road Ahead: Dalits in the New Millennium

The Road Ahead: Dalits in the New Millennium

The road ahead: Dalits in the new millennium
SukhadeoThorat and NidhiSadanaSabharwal


This book assesses the attainments of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and the residual category of non-SCs/STs in areas of human development, human poverty and certain other related indicators. These attainments reflect on the access which the concerned social categories enjoy to resources or income-earning assets such as agricultural land and non-land assets, employment, education and social needs like healthcare, water and housing. In addition, they determine the extent and nature of the caste and untouchability-based exclusion and discrimination in the economic, civil, cultural, social and political spheres, as also in terms of various food security programmes and institutions of justice, all of which are useful to ...

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