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Chapter 1: Caste, Exclusion, and Marginalized Groups in India: Dalit Deprivation in India
Historically, the caste system has formed the social and economic framework for the life of people in India. In its essential form, caste as a system of social and economic governance is based on certain principles and customary rules, which are distinct and unique. It involves division of people into social groups (or castes) in which the social and economic rights of each individual caste are predetermined by birth. The assignment (or division) of these rights among castes is unequal and hierarchical.
The unequal and hierarchical (graded) access to economic and social rights implies that every caste, except those at the top of the caste ...