The plight of its Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is India’s shame. The most oppressed sections of our society remain the most neglected and discriminated people. While the oppression is inextricably linked to the inhumane caste system, the perpetuation of oppression occurs by means of socio-economic realities.
When it comes to human development, Kerala is a unique success story among Indian states. This holds true to a large extent even for the historically oppressed sections like Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Compared to the rest of India, social welfare indicators of Kerala’s SCs and STs are higher than the national indicators. In fact, the indicators of quality of life of Scheduled Castes in Kerala is higher than that of the general quality of life indicators of several other Indian states. But within the state, the economic status of the Scheduled Castes lags behind the General Category. Social indicators of the Schedule Tribes also trail behind that of the General Category. (more…)