Policies and Institutional Frameworks for Protecting the Disadvantaged

Zoya Hasan

in Politics of Inclusion

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198076964
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080274 | DOI:
Policies and Institutional Frameworks for Protecting the Disadvantaged

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This chapter examines how the Indian state has dealt with the discrimination, deprivation, and exclusion suffered by lower castes and religious minorities. It looks at constitutional provisions and public policies in an attempt to understand the policy framework in relation to these groups. It attempts to answer two questions: (1) how did the state propose to deal with the problems of these two groups? and (2) what has been the impact of such provisions and polices in the protection and promotion of the interests of the deprived and disadvantaged? The trajectory of the government’s minority policy suggests that it can work effectively only when there is a strongly articulated political and policy consensus on minorities.

Keywords: discrimination; deprivation; exclusion; lower castes; religious minorities; Muslims; social policy; inequality; National Commission for Minorities

Chapter.  13046 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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