92 Bowery St., NY 10013

+1 800 123 456 789

Tag: Sukhadeo Thorat

Impact Interviews

Impact Stories: Sukhadeo Thorat on Putting Caste onto India’s Poverty Research and Policy Agenda

As a young boy, Sukhadeo Thorat felt humiliation when an upper caste child slapped his face for inadvertently touching the communal well. As a teen-ager, he felt anger when he and other local dalits (former untouchables) were slurred or socially shunned at gatherings, and excluded from religious temples. As one of India’s leading economists and public intellectuals, Thorat has felt compelled to put caste discrimination on the mainstream research agenda, as well as to seek to influence policy and social movements with hard evidence about the ways in which tens of millions of persons remain ‘blocked by caste.’