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.

Exclusion and Discrimination: The Contemporary Scenario

Exclusion and discrimination: The contemporary scenario
SukhadeoThorat and PrashantNegi

The disparities which stem from discriminatory societal attitudes constitute a stumbling block in furthering human development and human rights. The Constitution of India lays down elaborate and unequivocal ideals and legal instruments for justice, equality and prohibition of discrimination. Despite constitutional provisions, it is an unfortunate and visible social reality that Dalits in India continue to be subjected to injustice, social prejudice and exploitation. Since the focus of this book is to capture the incidences of ‘exclusion-linked deprivation’, this chapter focuses on the magnitude of discrimination and untouchability in multiple spheres which include civil rights violations and perpetration of atrocities against Dalits by using both official statistics and evidence from multiple micro-level ...

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