Dalits in India: Search for a Common Destiny


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.

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

The book can prove to be resourceful hand-book and significant guide-book for purposes of diverse nature; including advocacy…. The book gives insightful readings on various policy directions which however yield the reiterations of the focus of the study more precisely. The floating discourse in the work, on historical and structural deprivations, engage on surface as bedrock of legitimizing particular identity for Dalit, in search for a common Destiny.
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The volume is another significant contribution by Sukhadeo Thorat….This book is best addressed to those who drag their feet on the dalit causes, often using the supposed paucity of data as an excuse… The economic and social status of dalits is presented in a focused manner with information from various ministries and organizations of the government of India…the generous annexures provide easy access to a rich compendium of relevant documents and statistics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761935735
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sukhadeo Thorat is Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR); former Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC); and Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has a BA (Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad, Maharashtra), MA in Economics (Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad), MPhil/Ph D in Economics (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Diploma in Economic Planning (Main School of Planning, Warsaw, Poland). His research areas include agricultural development, rural poverty, institution and economic growth, problems of marginalised groups, economics of caste system, caste discrimination and poverty. He was the Director of the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi from 2003 to 2006 and the Research Associate of International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA, since 1992.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Martin Macwan - Martin Macwan
Government Strategy against Discrimination and for Empowerment
Demographic Profile
Occupational Pattern
Access to Agricultural Land
Rural Wage Labour
Employment and Unemployment
Employment under Reservations
Rural Poverty: Magnitude and Change
Literacy and Education Levels
Health Status and Utilisation of Healthcare
Access to Civil Amenities: Housing, Water and Electricity
Practice of Untouchability and Atrocities
Conclusion and Policy Directions

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