ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 3, ISSUE : 3, July-September, 2015 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
SCHEDULED CASTES IN MAHARASHTRA: STRUGGLE AND HURDLES IN THEIR SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Anand Sugandhe & Vinod Sen
 
ABSTRACT
The rate of caste atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) is increasing in Maharashtra faster than in any other Indian state. These atrocities have some social, political and economic background; which relates to their marginal socio-economic development. Socio-economic discrimination and exclusion on the basis of caste identities are not new for Maharashtra. Converted Mahars or Buddhists and Matang castes are mostly targeted by upper caste Maratha and OBCs in Maharashtra. Traditionally, SCs have been working as manual workers and agriculture bondage labourers; but they are not easily available for the same work these days. The main objective of the paper is to describe changing caste relations and reasons for atrocities against SCs. The paper also deals with the SC’s struggle for socio-economic development and overcoming hurdles in Maharashtra.
 
KEYWORD
Atrocities, Caste relations, Maharashtra, Scheduled Castes (SCs), Socioeconomic development.
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