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.

Government Policy Against Discrimination and for Empowerment

Government Policy Against Discrimination and for Empowerment

Government policy against discrimination and for empowerment

The Indian government has recognised the problems of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) which arise out of exclusion and discrimination and developed policies to overcome the problems. The government's approach towards SCs/STs draws primarily from the provision in the Constitution. The Constitution guarantees equality before the law (Article 14) (overturning the customary rules of the caste system); makes provisions to promote the political, educational and economic interests of SCs/STs, and protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitation (Article 46); provides for special measures through reservation in government services and seats in democratic political institutions (Articles 330 and 335). The Constitution of Indian abolished the practice of untouchability ...

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