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National Rural Health Mission
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan – A Program for the Universalization of Elementary Education
Centre for Environment and Food Security
Tamilnadu Secondary School Textbooks Online
CIA Factbook On India
Navayana – Publishing For Social Change In India
Right To Information

Bibliography and Readings

DALITS IN DRAVIDIAN LAND – S. Viswanathan 2005 Chennai Navayana Publishing – Compilation of 52 articles by S. Viswanathan that appeared in Frontline Magazine in the period 1994 through 2004 reporting on violence and oppression against Dalits in Tamilnadu

UNTOUCHABILITY IN RURAL INDIA – Ghanshyam Shah et al. 2006 New Delhi Sage Publications – Statistically detailed and exhaustive sociological study of the persistance of untouchability practices in rural village India

VIRAMMA: Life of an Untouchable – Viramma, Josiane Racine and Jean-Luc Racine, Trans Will Hobson 1997 Unesco Publications – Autobiographical account of the life of a rural untouchable women in Tamilnadu

UNTOUCHABLE CITIZENS: Dalit Movements and Democratisation in Tamil Nadu – Hugo Gorringe 2005 New Delhi Sage Publiucations – Detailed account by an anthropologist of contemporary Dalit political activity and movements in Tamilnadu

THE WORLD OF THE ‘UNTOUCHABLES’ – Robert DeLiege Delhi 1997 Oxford University Press – Comprehensive Ethnography of a Dalit Community in Southern Tamilnadu by a noted French Anthropologist. Special focus on exploring the problems of political leadership and internal cooperation they face as they assert their independence from the traditional authority of the Dominant caste. Issues of Caste, Economy, Kinship and Belief Systems are also explored in depth

THE WHITE MAN’S BURDEN: Why The West’s Efforts To Aid The Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good – William Easterly New York 2006 Penguin Books – Diagnostic analysis on the failure of western aid programs to help the third-world poor

SIVA AND HER SISTERS: Gender, Caste, and Class in Rural South India Karin Kapadia 1995 Westview Press – Detailed in-depth investigation of the lives of dalit women in rural Tamilnadu, India from an anthropological perspective.

The Press


Democracy and Childhood School Curriculum 8-25-08 The Hindu
The Scourge Of Private Tuitions 06-03-2008 The Deccan Chronicle
Just 35% of engineering graduates get placement 05-28-2008 The Hindu
English Speaking Curse 03-24-2008 Outlook
“Our Methods For Teaching Of Reading Are Quite Obsolete” 01-22-2008 The Hindu
Education Push Yields Little for India’s Poor 01-17-2008 NY Times
A College Education Without Job Prospects 11-30-2007 The New York Times

Caste And Class

Emerging Dalit Literature 6-30-2010 The Independent
Tamilnadu Too Has Killer Kangaroo Courts – May 16, 2010 Deccan Chronicle
Dalit families get their land, thanks to RTI Act 6-22-2010 The Hindu
Cut Off By Caste 3-27-2010 Frontline
Facing Flak – Caste Problems in Tamilnadu 03-13-2010 Frontline
Dalit Unity Undermined – Interview With Hugo Gorringe 2-27-2010 Frontline

Hidden Apartheid 2-13-2010 Frontline

Cracks In The Wall 4-24-2009 Frontline

A Land Struggle 8-24-2008 Frontline

Violent Ways 8-24-2008 Frontline

Dalit Struggle and a Legend 6-28-2008 Frontline

Fall Of A Wall 5-28-2008 Frontline

Making the Forked Tongue Speak … 4-19-2008 Economic and Political Weekly
Dividing wall demolished at Uthapuram 5-7-2008 The Hindu

Power Brings Death 12-16-2008 Frontline

See the Entire 12-16-2006 Issue of Frontline for more on Caste

A House Divided 04-12-2008 Frontline
Untouchability Unlimited 03-15-2008 Frontline
Tumblers Of Bias 03-15-2008 Frontline

Missing Panchayat 01-19-2008 Frontline

Discrimination For Dummies 01-18-2008 The Hindu

Two-tumbler system prevailing in 33 panchayats in Salem, Erode district  06-25-2007 The Hindu

The Caste System, India’s Apartheid? 8-18-2007 The Hindu


How To Be An Eligible Suicide 5-13-2010 The Hindu
Suicides Jolt India 03-30-2010 NY Times

India Lags Behind In Sanitation Facilities 3-22-1-2010 Los Angeles Times

Missing Doctors 2-13-2010 Frontline

Necessary Angels 12-2008 National Geographic Magazine

Concern Over Lack Of Rural Health Infrastructure 4-24-2008 The Hindu Business Line

Errors Of The Public Health Movement 6-12-2007 The Hindu
Troubled Partnerships in Healthcare Sector 3-03-2008 The Hindu

Outpatient Inpatient 1-27-2008 The Hindu


Notes on Love in a Tamil Family: Margaret Trawick

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Notes on Love in a Tamil Family
(ISBN: 0520078942 / 0-520-07894-2 )

Margaret Trawick