Prof. Gaya Prasad
The recently published book, under review, is based on an extensive empirical study conducted in the state of Punjab. Social exclusion in the Indian context is multipronged and multidimensional, in light of the social divides of caste, class, gender, region, ethnicity, language and religion. The book clearly brings out the existence of social, economic and political exclusion based on caste, gender, region and class. The justification of conducting the study in the state of Punjab is as it has the highest proportion of scheduled caste population (31.90%) in India (Census of India, 2011). The strength of the study lies in an in-depth, multidisciplinary & mixed methods research methodology, in which four regions of Punjab, i.e. Doaba, Malwa, Majha and Kandi, were chosen and out of which, 8 villages have been extensively studied.
Keyword: Combating Social Exclusion; Caste; Class; Gender; Regions;