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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.

Human Development and Human Poverty by Social Groups
Human development and human poverty by social groups
SukhadeoThorat and S.Venkatesan

This chapter assesses the progress of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in comparison to their non-SC/ST counterparts in terms of human development, human poverty and other indicators of well-being through the development of a composite index of human development and human poverty across social groups at all-India and state levels. Further, an analysis of improvement in individual indicators used in human development framework has also been carried out.

The individual indicators of attainments and composite indices attempt to capture human development from two perspectives—achievement and deprivation. The achievement perspective captures advances made by society as a whole while the deprivational perspective assesses the level of deprivation. The ...

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