This book offers a new concept of inclusion of the marginalised in India — the Broad-basing Process. The author examines how through this process increasing numbers of marginalised social groups can enter into the social, political and economic mainstream and progressively derive the same advantages from society as the groups already part of it.
The book critically reviews how the broad-basing process has worked in the past in India both before and after its independence. It examines how social groups like Dalits, OBCs, Muslims, women and the labour class have fared, and how far economic development, urbanisation, infrastructure development and the digital revolution have helped the marginalised and promoted broad-basing. It also offers mechanisms to speed up broad-basing in poorer economies.
A first of its kind, this volume will be useful for scholars and researchers of political studies, sociology, exclusion studies, political economy and also for general readers.
Table of Contents
1. The Broad-Basing Process in India: An Introduction 2. The Broad-Basing Process and Dalits 3. Whither Dalit Movement in Karnataka? Its Achievements and Challenges 4. The Broad-Basing Process and the Backward Classes 5. The Broad-Basing Process in India and Muslims 6. The Broad-Basing Process in India and Women 7. Whither Workers in India? 8. Is there a Broad-Basing Process in the Indian Economy? 9. Is Indian Digital Revolution Broad-Based? 10. Urbanisation in India: How far is it Broad-Basing? 11. Post-Independence Conservation Policies and Implementation in India: A Socio-economic and Ecological Appraisal 12. The Way Forward
M. V. Nadkarni is presently Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru, and a Member of the Governing Body at the Centre for Multi-disciplinary Development Research (CMDR), Dharwad, Karnataka, India. An economist by professional training, with specialisation in agricultural and ecological/environmental economics, he is actively interested in development economics, political economy, history, sociology, philosophy, ethics, religion and Gandhian Studies. He was the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) National Fellow for two years (2002–04) and Vice Chancellor of Gulbarga University, Karnataka, India from 1999 to 2002.