Development of Scheduled Castes in India: Issues and Challenges
Rao, D. Pulla
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Book ID : 41694
ISBN-10 : 81-8387-560-2 / 8183875602
ISBN-13 : 978-81-8387-560-8 / 9788183875608
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
xxxiv, 332p., 23 cm.
The term Scheduled Castes has a long historical origin. Prior to the year 1935, when the Government of India Act was enacted, the communities suffering from the stigma of untouchability were being referred to as 'untouchables' or 'exterior' or 'depressed' classes or by various caste names most of which were derogatory. As a part of the social and political changes sought to be introduced in 1935 the various castes, which suffered social disabilities, were listed in a Schedule and from that time onwards they came to be described as Scheduled Castes / Dalits. The SCs live mostly in rural areas, with only about 14 per cent of them living in urban agglomerations. The habitations of the SCs are scattered all over the Country generally in parts of villages or small villages. They suffer from the inhuman practice of untouchability, which is the most extreme form of the denial of human dignity and social oppression. The proportion of the SCs among the poverty groups is high and they are among the poorest of those below the poverty line. The founding fathers of our Constitution desired to secure justice, social, economic and political, for all citizens. To them "all citizens" obviously included scheduled castes, socially, economically and educationally very backward. The State has been enjoined to secure equality of status and opportunities for all.This book deals with the ways and means of salvaging the problems of the SCs in India and hence it is highly useful for everybody involved in the upliftment of SCs in India.