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Dalits and the State

Ghanshyam Shah (Editor)
Synopsis The Indian state under the directives of the constitution is expected to play the role of interventionist to bring social transformation. It aims at eradicating feudal hierarchical social order based on Brahminical ideology and building an egalitarian secular modern society providing all citizens social and political justice, equality, liberty and dignity of life. The Dalits, socially and economically most oppressed of Indian society look upon the state not only to provide equal opportunities but also to create positive conditions for improving their socio-economic condition. They perceived the state as a saviour to liberate them from the shackles of bondage and deprivation based on birth. After the five decades of independence a question needs to be examined: what changes have taken place in socio-economic status of Dalits and what role the state has played in the process? This is the central concern of this volume. The contributors of this volume are social scientists from India and abroad; social activists and experienced civil servants. Besides analysing Dr. Ambedkar’s concept of social justice and the role of the state, the various chapters of the volume examines (1) economic and educational status of the Dalits; (2) the nature and extent of untouchability in rural and urban areas; (3) condition of scavengers; (4) atrocities against the Dalits; and (5) reservation.
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About the author

Ghanshyam Shah

Ghanshyam Shah is an eminent political scientist who has written extensively on caste, class, communalism and social movements. He was Senior Fellow and Director, Centre for Social Studies, Surat, and till recently, held the Dr. Ambedkar Chair at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. At present, he is Professor in Social Sciences in Community Health at Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Title Dalits and the State
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170229227
length 396p., Tables