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Margins to Centre Stage : Empowering Dalits in India

By Kaushik, Archana

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Title: Margins to Centre Stage : Empowering Dalits in India  
Author: Kaushik, Archana
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Social Sciences, Human rights.
Collections: Politics, Authors Community, Favorites in India, Education
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Publisher: Frontpage Publications Limited
Member Page: People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR)


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Kaushik, B. A., & Nagvanshi, S. (2016). Margins to Centre Stage : Empowering Dalits in India. Retrieved from

In India, life of millions of Dalits, even today, is characterised by long, consistent struggle from cradle to grave. Their life is defined by caste-discrimination, exploitation, abuse, and denial of basic right to life with resources for survival – food, shelter, clothing, livelihood, and education. Sufferings and pains associated with vicious cycle of poverty continue for generations together. Margins to Centre Stage: Empowering Dalits in India chronicles the process of empowerment of many powerless and marginalised Dalits, located in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, India. It portrays the triumph of hope, courage and social action over despair, poverty, oppression and vulnerability narrating the struggle of Dalits who paved their way to a life of dignity, rightful share in the resources and decision making. The critique records how the innocent victims of custodial-torture become active human rights defenders or freedom of bonded-labourers is snatched from the confinement of feudal and capitalist oppressors, and the change of weavers’ nightmares transformed into dreams, optimism and motivation. The discourse would be beneficial for the educators, students and practitioners of social work, and administrators in welfare and development sector, NGO workers, policy planners and all those who wish to build an egalitarian society that is free from all forms of exploitation and abuse.

"To all those who have struggled for human rights, justice and equality . . . and dreamt of a loving, caring and egalitarian society . . ."

Table of Contents
DEDICATION vii FOREWORD ix ACKNOWLEDGEMENT xi LIST OF ACRONYMS xiii PROLOGUE xv 1 The Context 1 2 From Praxis to Practice 32 3 From Being Led to Lead 62 4 From Hunger Deaths to Healthy Living 90 5 Surviving Torture and Defending Human Rights 118 6 Weaving Hope with Yarns of Hardship 152 7 From Bondage to Liberation 184 8 Nurturing Little Change Agents and Leaders 212 9 Seeing the Change and Being the Change 240 REFERENCES 256


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