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Politics of InclusionCastes, Minorities, and Affirmative Action$
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Zoya Hassan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198076964

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198076964.001.0001

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Policies and Institutional Frameworks for Protecting the Disadvantaged

Policies and Institutional Frameworks for Protecting the Disadvantaged

(p.41) 3 Policies and Institutional Frameworks for Protecting the Disadvantaged
Politics of Inclusion

Zoya Hasan

Oxford University Press

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

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