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Empowering Dalits for Empowering India: A Road-Map

P.S. Krishnan (Author)
Synopsis A serious lacuna of post-Independence Indian Governance has been its failure to comprehensively undertake Constitution-mandated radical measures essential to bring economic freedom, educational equality at all levels, social dignity and true equality of opportunities to the "Dalits", which term is used in this book to refer to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes including those of Religious Minorities. With his understanding that this is the root of the weakness of the national fabric and fragility of Indian polity, P.S. Krishnan, a former Secretary to Government of India, in this book, places before the wider civil society a Road-Map for all-round advancement and empowerment of the "Dalits", who form the bulk of India's population and constitute the near-totality of its labour-force. The book takes off from the First Ambedkar Memorial Lecture at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, delivered by P.S. Krishnan and includes a number of historic and important documents such as Indira Gandhi’s letter to 1980, P.S. Krishan’s Dalit Manifesto (7-3-1996) and the Himalaya Proclamation of Rights and Entitlements of the SCs, STs and BCs including those of the Religious Minorities (17-4-2005), all together presenting the Road-Map. The book is valuable for its rare social and administrative insights and useful for all egalitarians working for SC, ST and BC rights, educationists, media professionals, political parties, policy-plan-budget makers and administrators.
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P.S. Krishnan

P.S. Krishnan (born 1932), well-known Social Justice Expert, has devoted his life to the cause of the rights of deprived social categories, particularly Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes. This has been the passion, the rationale and the golden thread of his life. As an IAS officer, who has held important and socially relevant positions under the State before his retirement in 1990 and has simultaneously been maintaining close touch with social, especially Dalit and Backward Class, movements, he has undertaken landmark initiatives pertaining to legislative as well as policy areas. He is recognized for his equal mastery of Constitutional-legal-administrative processes as well as democratic, socio-economic processes and for application of his country-wide encyclopaedic knowledge and experience spanning more than a half-century to promotion of Social Justice which, he believes, is the sine-qua-non of true national integration. His advice is still sought by Government in specific areas of Social Justice, and as Advisor he has guided the successful defence of the recent reservation of SCs, STs and BCs in Central educational institutions, and guided the identification of and reservation for Muslim BCs in Andhra Pradesh. Through his Dalit Manifesto (1996) and other writings, lectures, papers and public activities, he continues to participate in and guide Social Justice work all over the country.

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Bibliographic information

Title Empowering Dalits for Empowering India: A Road-Map
Author P.S. Krishnan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788178311838
length xxxii+544p., Tables; Figures; Appendices; Index: 22cm.