THE PLIGHT OF INDIAN DALITS

Author:

Vidya Devi

Publisher:

MD PUBLICATIONS PVT LTD

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Publisher

MD PUBLICATIONS PVT LTD

Publication Year 2009
ISBN-13

9788175331846

ISBN-10 8175331844
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 308 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14x2
Weight (grms) 528

The dalits have always been the most underprivileged section of Indian social system. The Indian society is divided into four main hierarchical caste groups: Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras. Beyond this four-fold classification, there is a category of 'ati-shudras' or Dalits (as they are now called), which fall outside this hierarchy. Treated as untouchables, they are the lowest in Indian caste system. The Practice of untouchability was formally outlawed by the Constitution of India in 1950. However in Practice, the Dalit communities are still subjected to extreme forms of social and economic exclusion and discrimination. They are not only denied access to common property (water,land) but are also denied equal opportunities in education and work. This book highlights the plight of Indian dalits right from the early days, efforts taken to abolish this caste system and the condition of dalits in today's political, economic and social system.

Vidya Devi

Vidya Devi has Master\'s degree in Social Work from the University of Bombay and has also studied social work and community development at various university and institutions of national importance. She is particularly interested in social work and Dalit movement. She has several papers to her credit in leading Dalit journals. She possesses brilliant academic career and has been awarded several financial assistance from government organizations. Her areas of interest are Dalit upliftment social work and community development. She is actively associated with various NGOS and societies working toward the welfare of Dalit community. She has participated in various national and international conferences and seminars.
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