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Caste, Race and Discrimination: Discourses in International Context

Sukhadeo Thorat (Editor) Umakant (ed.) (Author)
Synopsis The World conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), held at Durban in South Africa in 2001, led to an intense discussion on the issues of caste and race in India. The debate was catapulted to the center stage by the demand of Dalit groups for inclusion of caste in the agenda of this conference and the different stands taken by the government and some section of civil society. The discussion with different stands in the media, academia, NGO sector and civil society generated voluminous literature. This volume contains papers, which address issues related to caste, race and discrimination, internalization of caste, present status of Dalit and similar groups from Nepal and Japan, alternative remedies against discrimination and inequality and other such issues. This literature coming from different sources is immensely rich, insightful and reflective of the contemporary thinking of Indian society on the question of caste and Dalits. The contributors include prominent academics, civil rights activists and writers. This volume would be immensely useful not only for the academia, the government, NGOs and researchers, but also the layman who are concerned about the issues of discrimination associated with caste and race and the deprivation suffered by the Dalits.
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About the authors

Sukhadeo Thorat

Dr. Sukhadeo Thorat is currently the Chairman of University Grant Commission and a Professor of Economics in the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He studied at the Milind College of Arts (Aurangabad, Maharashtra), Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Aurangabad), Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), and Main School of Economics, Warsa (Poland). During 1989-1991, Dr. Thorat was a visiting fellow at Iowa State University (Ames), Centre for International and Comparative Studies, Iowa City, and International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC (U.S.A.). He was a founding Director of Indian Institute of Dalit Studies during 2002-2005. Dr. Thorat's research work relates to mainly Agricultural Development, Rural Poverty, Institution and Economic Growth, Problems of Marginalized Groups, Economics of Caste System, Economic Discrimination, Human Rights Issues, Economic and Social thoughts of Ambedkar, and Slums etc. He has to his credit eleven books and more than fifty papers in national and international journals.

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Umakant (ed.)

Umakant is Associate Fellow at Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi. He has written on the issues related to Dalit politics, Dalit Leadership and human right issues. He has been also involved in human right activities related to Dalits.

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Bibliographic information

Title Caste, Race and Discrimination: Discourses in International Context
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170338921
length xxxvi+341p., Appendix; Index; 23cm.