This book provides a detailed and comprehensive account of the status of Dalits in contemporary India. It delineates their economic and social status and charts the changes since 1947 with respect to important indicators of human development.
By providing statewise (and where possible, district level) data, author Sukhadeo Thorat reveals the inter-state patterns and intra-state variations of their status across the country. Using comparative methodology, the book also brings out the disparities between Dalits and the high castes in society, all the while providing explanations for these inequalities in the present context. The detailed conclusion outlines the policies required to facilitate the empowerment of Dalits.
The book covers all the important parameters including:
Demographic profile; Gender; Employment; Ownership of land; Poverty; Literacy and education; Health; Civil rights