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Prof Avatthi Ramaiah

Professor , Mumbai campus

Dean - Equal Opportunity Center,
Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies
Liaison Officer - SC/ST Cell

Ph.D. (Sociology),1999, JNU.
M.Phil.(Population Studies), 1987, JNU.
M.A. (Social Work), 1984, University of Madras.


 Dr. Avatthi Ramaiah is currently a Professor at the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He obtained his M.A. (Social Work) in 1984 from the Loyola College, University of Madras, M.Phil. (Population Studies) in 1987 and Ph.D. (Sociology) in 1999 from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. His areas of academic interest pertains to the broad area of caste and development.

He was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University in 2009-10 under the Fulbright Senior Scholar Programme. He was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hull, UK in 2010. Subsequently, he was also a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics. In January 2015, Prof. Ramaiah was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, JNU. He has travelled extensively within and abroad giving lectures and participating in seminar/conferences. 


Social stratification, social exclusion and social justice; Caste system and the State's protective and development or affirmative action policies; Globalization and caste system; human rights and crimes against Dalits; Dalit diaspora; UN engagement with caste.


He has published extensively with in the broad areas of Caste and Developemnt. His publications include two books and numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. His recent publications include the following:


1) Laws for Dalit Rights and Dignity, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2007.

2) Contemporary Relevance of Ambedkar's Thoughts (Ed.) Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2017. 

Articles in Books and Journals: 

  1. 'Health status of Dalits in India', Economic & Political Weekly, October 24, 2015, Vol. L No.43, pp 70-74. <http://www.epw.in/journal/2015/43/notes/health-status-dalits-india.html>

  2. Dalits to Benefit from Globalization: Lessons from the Past for the Present’ (2013), In Life as a Dalit: Views from the Bottom on caste in India, Sage, Los Angeles.

  3. Inclusive Development as an Effective Nation Building Strategy: A macro view of status of excluded and marginalized communities in India, Indian Journal of Dalit and Tribal Social Work, (ISSN 2320 – 2130) Vol. 2, Issue 1, No. 7, March 18, 2014, pp. 75-82.

  4. Growing crimes against Dalits in India despite special laws',A Review Published at the South Asia @ LSE,  April 20, 2013.

  5. Growing crimes against Dalits in India despite special laws: Relevance of Dr. Ambedkar Demand for separate Settlement', Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution,3 (9), 151-168, 2011.

  6. U.P. Tops in punishing those committing crimes against Dalits', The Radical Humanist, Mumbai, Vol. 76, April-May, 2012, No. 1-2, page 23-26 & 25-28.

  7. Combating crimes against Dalits: Uttar Pradesh shows the way', Social Science Research Network, February 1, 2012; http://ssrn.com/abstract=1996892 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1996892.

  8. Ever Increasing Violence Against Dalit Human Rights: Relevance of Dr Ambedkar’s Demand for Separate Settlement', Mainstream, New Delhi, Vol XLIX, No. 17, page 16-19, April 16, 2011.

  9. Global Pressure on the Dalits’ livelihood – a myth’, Ashwani Kumar, et. al. (2009), Global Civil Society 2009, Sage, New Delhi.

  10. Social democracy in Indian villages: The Experience of Dalits in Southern Tamil Nadu’, In Imtiaz Ahmad and Shashi B. Upadhyay (Eds.), Dalit assertion in society, Literature and History, Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad, 2010.



  1. Socio-Economic, Educational and Cultural Development of Matang Samaj in Maharashtra’, (study sponsored by government of Maharashtra and completed in February 2008).


  2. Outcome Budgeting for welfare Programmes implemented by Social Justice Department”, Government of Maharashtra, September 2007.


  3. Impact of ILO’s PEBLISA Project on Prevention and Elimination Bonded Labour: The case of Thiruvallur District, Thamilnadu and Ranga Reddy District, Andhra Pradesh, India (February 2006).


1) Social Exclusion and Social Justice: Theories and Processes (for Masters degree).

2) Understanding Indian Society - Through caste lens (for Master degree )

3) Perspectives in Inclusive Development and Social Justice (for M.Phil/Ph.D)

4) Development of Deprived Castes (for M.Phil/Ph.D)

Email: ramaiah[at]tiss[dot]edu

 Prof. Avatthi Ramaiah, Ph.D.

Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 

V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai - 400088

Tel. No. +91-22-25525352; Cell No. 09819804728,

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