Dalits and the State

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  • Author :Ghanshyam Shah
  • Year of Publication :2002
  • ISBN: :9788170229223
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 396
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Scheduled Castes and Schduled Tribes, Sociology

About the Book :

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. This contributors of this volume are social scientists from India and abroad; social activists and experienced civil servants. Besides analysing Dr. Ambedkar 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.

About Author :

Ghanshyam Shah is an Eminent political sociologist. He is Professor at Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He held Dr. Ambedkar Chair at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie during 1997-97. He was Director of the Centre for Social Studies, Surat for many yeas. During his long carrier he has taught in various universities in India and abroad. Professor Shah is a receipt of Full Bright Award for 1984; VKRV Rao Prize in Political Science Research for 1979 and 1980, UGC National Lecturer for 1985-86 and UGC Swami Pranavanda Saraswati Award in Political Science in 1997. He has previously written, edited and co authored twelve books including Caste Association and Political Process in Gujarat; Economics Differentiations and Tribal Identify; Social Movements in India: A Review of Literature; Public Health and Urban Development; Social Transformation in India; and Dalit Identity and Politics.