Punjab Research Group

Understanding Change in the Lives of Dalits of East Punjab since 1947

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 4, 2009

By Harish K. Puri. Retired as Professor of Political Science and Chairman Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Chair, Guru Nanak Dev University.

Not many are aware that the Scheduled Castes (SCs) constituted a very substantial segment of population in Punjab state – 28.9 per cent, as per Census 2001. This is the highest level of concentration in any one state of India. The present study is related to the nature of change in the lives of the Dalits (Scheduled Castes) of Punjab since the Independence of India and the Partition of Punjab in 1947. It covers the change in the external conditions of their living i.e. demographic, economic, political and social and the also the change in the subjective dimension or their perception. The subjective dimension referred to the way persons belonging to the Scheduled Caste communities viewed themselves and the manner in which they were viewed and treated by the others at the two ends of this time span i.e. at the beginning of the 1950s and at present.

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  1. bandaru devaraju said, on August 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

    the word of mala is one caste name. same as the word of dalit is the name of one caste or not ? please send the information to me. I am bandaru devaraju. Jewish YHWH temple high priest in guntur dist. andhra pradesh state, south india. email- thealterhouse@yahoo.co.in. cell – 9949145133

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