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India's Children: Essays on Social Policy

A. K. Shiva Kumar, Preet Rustagi, and Ramya Subrahmanian


Children are individuals born with indivisible and inalienable human rights. They belong to families and communities that need to have access to appropriate resources, services, and capacities required to ensure realization of these rights. The rights of parents and care-givers are therefore closely intertwined with the rights of children. Childhood is a period of tremendous biological, psychological, and social development. Enabling all children to realize their full creative potential is critical for sustaining India’s economic growth and accelerating human development. However, India’s soci ... More

Keywords: child rights, childhood, social policies, multidimensional poverty, vulnerabilities

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199455287
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199455287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. K. Shiva Kumar, editor
Advisor, UNICEF, India

Preet Rustagi, editor
Joint Director, Institute of Human Development, New Delhi

Ramya Subrahmanian, editor
Senior Policy Specialist, UNICEF, India

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Part I Measuring Poverty and Deprivations from Children’s Perspective

1 Recognizing Child Well-being

Ashwani Saith and Rekha Wazir

2 Child Well-being and Deprivations in India

Preet Rustagi, Sunil Kumar Mishra, and Balwant Singh Mehta

3 Economic Status and Child Deprivation

Madhura Swaminathan and Venkatesh Athreya

Part II Macro Context and Policy Spaces

7 The Tryst Compromised

Praveen Jha and Subrat Das⋆

Part III Gender, Family, and Marriage

9 Delaying Age of Marriage

Priya Nanda and Sonvi A. Khanna

11 Universal Day-care Services

Neeta Misra and Ramya Subrahmanian1

Part IV Social Exclusion and Human Development

13 Engaging with Caste

Surinder S. Jodhka

15 Caste and Social Exclusion

Sukhadeo Thorat and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal

17 Literacies and Power

Shivali Tukdeo