Indias Children: Essays on Social Policy

Hardcover | March 27, 2015

EditorK. Shiva Kumar, Preet Rustagi, Ramya Subrahmanian

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Children constitute a sizeable proportion of India's population. Despite progress along many fronts, Indian children continue to face many deprivations. Statistical indicators reveal that differences in well-being among children in India are narrowing, yet almost 43 per cent of children below5 years were undernourished in 2005-6, and, even today, over a million babies die before their first birthday. Similarly, there are stark inequalities in the well-being of children across states, between rural and urban areas, and within communities.Through the entry point of new opportunities available to children in India and old challenges still faced by them, the book raises several key questions that are central to policy debates in India: what does poverty mean when viewed from the perspective of access to basic services for children andrealization of children's basic capabilities? How should it be measured? How do we address the challenges of investment in public service expansion and delivery required to ensure equitable outcomes for children irrespective of their economic means, social group, or geographical location?Underpinning this collection of essays is the centrality and importance of designing social policies with regard to children's rights. The issues and questions addressed in this multidisciplinary set of essays draw on a wide array of data sources. Primary and secondary data-quantitative and qualitative, numerical and textual-are marshalled by the contributors, who have not just raised questions, but also used evidence to provideinformed opinions on the direction of India's social policies in the coming decade.

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Children constitute a sizeable proportion of India's population. Despite progress along many fronts, Indian children continue to face many deprivations. Statistical indicators reveal that differences in well-being among children in India are narrowing, yet almost 43 per cent of children below5 years were undernourished in 2005-6, and, ...

K. Shiva Kumar is Advisor at UNICEF, India. Preet Rustagi is Joint Director at the Institute of Human Development, New Delhi. Ramya Subrahmanian is Senior Policy Specialist at UNICEF, India.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:500 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:March 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Tables and FiguresForewordAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsRamya Subrahmanian, A.K. Shiva Kumar, and Preet Rustagi: Child Rights, Equity, and Social Policy: An IntroductionPart I: Measuring Poverty and Deprivations from Children's Perspective1. Ashwani Saith and Rekha Wazir: Recognizing Child Well-Being: The Need for a Double Paradigm Shift 2. Preet Rustagi, Sunil Kumar Mishra, and Balwant Singh Mehta: Child Well-Being and Deprivations in India 3. Madhura Swaminathan and Venkatesh Athreya: Economic Status and Child Deprivation: Findings from Village Surveys 4. Amitabh Kundu and P.C. Mohanan: Demographic Transition, School Attendance, and Changing Activity Structure in Urban India Part II: Macro Context and Policy Spaces5. Asha Bajpai: Achievements and Challenges in Legal Protection for Child Rights 6. S. Mahendra Dev: Rising Food Prices and the Global Financial Crisis: Tracking Impacts on Women and Children 7. Praveen Jha and Subrat Das: The Tryst Compromised: India's Fiscal Policy and Its Impact on ChildrenPart III: Gender, Family, and Marriage8. Mary E. John: Adverse Child Sex Ratios and Gender Discrimination: Challenges for Law and Policy 9. Priya Nanda and Sonvi Kapoor: Delaying Age of Marriage: Social Norms and Policies 10. Shireen J. Jejeebhoy and K.G. Santhya: Parent-Child Communication and Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters 11. Neeta Misra and Ramya Subrahmanian: Universal Daycare Services: Meeting the Intersecting Needs and Rights of Women and Children12. T.V. Sekher: Conditional Cash Transfers for the Welfare of the Girl Child: The Indian Experience Part IV: Social Exclusion and Human Development13. Surinder S. Jodhka: Engaging with Caste: Academic Discourses, Identity Politics, and State Policy 14. Kaveri Gill: Assessing the Inclusiveness of Government Flagship Programmes: The Case of NRHM 15. Sukhadeo Thorat and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal: Caste and Social Exclusion: Concept, Indicators, and Measurement 16. Virginius Xaxa: The Political Economy of Development and Adivasi Children and Society 17. Shivali Tukdeo: Literacies and Power: Looking for Adivasi Voice in Education 18. Kapoor Mehta: Addressing Deprivations of Scheduled Tribe Children: A Perspective from Odisha SoumyaBibliographyIndexAbout the Editors and Contributors