ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Ram B Bhagat

State, Enumeration and Marginalised Communities in India

It is well known that the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have been among the most marginalised sections of Indian society. Successive governments have attempted to improve their conditions in different ways, including affirmative action and welfare programmes. This paper attempts a comparative study of size and related issues of these marginalised communities and highlights data gaps in evaluating state policies for their development. It also argues that while the state policy on data is ambivalent and incongruent, the existing policies of socio-economic development for the deprived and marginalised communities are populist in nature and centred on electoral politics.