An interesting collection of research papers. The book, on the one hand, portrays the desperate endeavor of the underprivileged sections to come out of the shadow of caste…. the book is optimistic about the future of India. Despite ethnic and cultural fragmentations and low economic development, India has to some extent, unlike Pakistan and Sri Lanka, succeeded in implementing inclusive policies.
This anthology provides insights on the intracacies involved in the struggles on of marginalized communities, most of which lured by political recognition lose their stream and are appropriated by mainstream parties…the essays in this volume rightly point out that mere political inclusion without enhancement of capabilities serves little purpose in the metamorphosis of the disadvantaged communities.
The volume under review opens up this labyrinthine terrain for interrogation in assuming ‘institutionalization as a contested process rather than a simple transition’…. This volume is an important contribution to an area that needs rather fresh research into the complexities of institutionalization.