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Dalits in India

Dalits in India
Search for a Common Destiny

First Edition

December 2008 | 344 pages | SAGE India
Dalits in India: Search for Common Destiny explores the status of Dalits in the country by presenting all-India and state-level analyses of various human development and related social and economic indicators. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the processes and dynamics that exclude them from mainstream development and are causative of their relative peripheral position.

This first-of-its-kind study examines dimensions such as demography, gender, levels and patterns of urbanisation, occupational patterns, ownership of income earning assets like agricultural land and business, situation of rural labour, employment and unemployment, employment under reservations in the public sector, incidence of poverty, literacy and education levels, health status and access to healthcare facilities, access to civil amenities like housing and status of civil rights, with a particular emphasis on practice of untouchability, social discrimination and atrocities.

This book, besides presenting the present status of Dalits in India, also studies the change in their status and comes up with suggestions for improvement in their lives. It would be a rich resource for researchers, students and policy makers, and all those concerned with issues related to poverty, social exclusion and marginality.
Martin Macwan
Foreword 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

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.

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.

The book review

Sukhadeo Thorat

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/PhD 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... More About Author

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