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Caste, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Modern India

Caste, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Modern India

First Edition

August 2015 | 380 pages | SAGE India

A comprehensive assessment of the broad issues that underpin social exclusion in India

This book posits the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) vis-à-vis their upper-caste Hindu peers and establishes how caste is a lived reality in everyday life in modern India.

It explores areas where caste and religious exclusion are most visible, such as human development, inequality, poverty, educational attainments, child malnutrition, health, employment, wages, gender, and access to public goods. With an in-depth theoretical foundation and empirical analysis, it establishes that in each of these sectors, the performance of upper-caste Hindu households is far better compared to that from the SC, ST, and Muslim households.


Foreword by Sukhadeo Thorat
The Human Development Index
Inequality and Poverty
Educational Attainment
Child Malnutrition
Health Outcomes
Employment and Wages
The Position of Women
Public Policy: Integrated Child Development (Anganwadi) Services
Public Policy: The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana

A storehouse of reliable data on inequality.

Civil Society, March 2016

The book provides an extensive statistical data to underline the limits of political freedom amid the continued subjugation of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Muslims and women…this book painstakingly details the extensive hurdles that stop marginalized groups from fully participating in the life of their communities.

Business Standard, 5 March 2016

“This book painstakingly details the extensive hurdles that stop marginalized groups from fully participating in the life of their communities.”

Business Standard

Vani K. Borooah

Ph.D. University of Southampton, 1978Senior Research Officer, Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge 1977-1987Fellow and College Lecturer in Economics, Queens' College, Cambridge, 1979-1987Professor of Applied Economics, University of Ulster, 1987-present More About Author

Nidhi S. Sabharwal

Nidhi S. Sabharwal is Associate Professor, Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi. She has previously served as the Director, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS), New Delhi. She has a PhD in geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has worked on inter-group inequalities across human development indicators, focusing on the role of caste- and gender-based discrimination in market and non-market institutions; diversity and discrimination within higher educational institutions, Mid-Day Meal and Anganwadi programmes;... More About Author

Dilip G. Diwakar

Dilip G. Diwakar is Associate Fellow, IIDS, New Delhi. He did his PhD in Public health from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Before he joined the institute, he worked with both national and international development organizations for 6 years. He has published articles in both national, international journals, and contributed to chapters in books. His main areas of work are marginalization in government programmes, rights of urban poor, child nutrition, and health. His research interests include intersection of caste, poverty, and health. More About Author

Vinod Kumar Mishra

Vinod Kumar Mishra is Associate Fellow, IIDS, New Delhi. He has a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, with specialization in population geography. He has published many articles in journals and chapters in books.  His main research areas are urbanization, poverty, health, social exclusion, and social protection programmes. More About Author

Ajaya Kumar Naik

Ajaya Kumar Naik is Associate Fellow, IIDS, New Delhi, and has had more than 10 years of research experience in the fields of informal sector, employment, and poverty. As a former fulltime consultant in the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS), he was associated with the task force ‘Definitional and Statistical Issues related to Informal Economy’. Besides this, he has worked in Indian Institute of Public Administration, Institute of Applied Manpower Research in different capacities. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351502678