India: Moving Towards Equal Opportunities for All?

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Decades of rapid and unequally shared growth in India are adding new dimensions to old disparities along gender, caste, religious and tribal lines. But this trend stayed at the margin of public debates until recently. Discussions about inequality seemed to evolve in fragmented territories: economists debated about the comparability of inequality measures
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  i   INDIA: MOVING TOWARDS EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL?  ii   Author: Lucy Dubochet Editorial inputs:  Nisha Agrawal, Avinash Kumar, Indrajit Bose Pictures: Arjun Claire © Oxfam India August 2013This publication is copyright but the text may be used free of charge for the purposes of advocacy, campaigning, education, and research, provided that the source is acknowledged in full. The copyright holder requests that all such use be registered with them for impact assessment purposes. For copying in any other circumstances, permission must be secured. E-mail: policy@oxfamindia.org/Published by Oxfam India: 4th and 5th Floor, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, 1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi 110001 Tel: +91 (0) 11 4653 8000 www.oxfamindia.orgOxfam IndiaOxfam India, a fully independent Indian organization, is a member of an international confederation of 17 organisations. The Oxfams are rights-based organizations, which fight poverty and injustice by linking grassroots interventions, to local, national, and global polic developments.For further information please write to: policy@oxfamindia.org, or visit our website: www.oxfamindia.org. This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.  1. Introduction 12. Framing the Inequality Debate 22.1. The Richer and the Rest 22.2. Missing Jobs, Low Wages and the Grip of Discrimination 32.3. Education: Equality’s Fledgling Ground 42.4. When the Tightrope has no Net: Walking through 7 Health Hazards2.5. To Have or Not a Toilet around the Corner 82.6. About Networks and Chances 92.7. Rents and Redistribution 103. Have we factored-in the price? 12References 13  iv
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