Socio-economic factors

Social diversity & economic growth

Print edition : January 17, 2020

A Muslim fruit vendor near Charminar in Hyderabad, a file photograph. Muslims constitute the largest minority in India accounting for a 100-million-strong labour force. Photo: Mahesh Kumar A.AP

Vaikalkarai, a Dalit neighbourhood in Madurai, a file photograph. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Muslims continue to be largely vulnerable with respect to employment and education and are forced to live in squalor and poverty. Photo: S. James

Social and economic differences along communal and caste lines have led to a lopsided growth in India which favours the higher castes and fails to unlock the tremendous potential of labouring classes from communities that are discriminated against.
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