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Dalits in India
Search for a Common Destiny


© 2009 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
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
 
Index

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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