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Social Exclusion and the Problem of Dalits in India

Sukhadeo Thorat


Sukhadeo Thorat
Chairman, Indian Council of Social Research
October 30, 2013
University of Minnesota Law School
Room 25 from 11:30am to 1pm



There is a broad empirical and theoretical literature attempting to explain the causes and consequences of social exclusion. An emerging body of policy research questions the effectiveness of efforts, such as affirmative action or reservations, designed to reduce inequality and improve the economic and social well-being of socially excluded groups. In the Indian context, this debate revolves around the caste system and the designation of “untouchables” or Dalits. Professor Thorat will discuss the theory and empirical realities of excluded groups and offer new insights about public policies designed to remedy social exclusion and over-inclusion.

Dr. Sukhadeo Thorat is the Chair of the Indian Council of Social Science Research and former Director of the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies. Dr. Thorat has dedicated his life to the cause of Dalits, tribes and minorities in India and his research on the economic discrimination of minority groups has influenced local and international policy makers. His work has received international acclaim including the Mother Teresa International Award, for outstanding achievement and contribution to Minority, Weaker Sections and towards the people of our nation by All India Minority and Weaker Section Council, Kolkata.

Dr. Thorat received a doctorate in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, a master’s degree in economics from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University and a diploma in economic planning from Main School of Planning, Warsaw Poland.

This event was given on October 30th, 2013 and the video above is a recording of the conference.