Mr. G. Kiran Kumar, Research Scholar of the Department of Political Science at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) moderated a panel discussion on  ‘Social Policies for Marginalised Communities: Reservations and Beyond’ as a part of the Public Policy Dialogues: Bridging Research and Practice organized by Bharati School of Public Policy (BIPP), Indian School of Business (ISB).

Dr. Ajailu Niumai

The expert panel comprising Dr. Ajailu Niumai, Head, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, UoH; Dr. E Venkatesu, Professor, Department of Political Science, UoH; Dr. G Nagaraju, Professor, Department of Sociology, UoH, discussed various issues of reservations and social policies for uplifting marginalised communities and their current status. Dr. Ajailu Niumai raised issues related to women trafficking and violence against women. She provided policy suggestions to end the violence against women.

Dr. E Venkatesu

Dr. Venkatesu has given a brief note on the Mandal movement and the recommendations. He mentioned the need for the reservations in the private sectors and policies for the empowerment of the socially and educationally backward sections. Prof. Nagaraju stressed on quality education and health care access for the marginalized communities. He also advocated for strengthening of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce (DICC) for the economical empowerment of Dalits and Adivasis.

Dr G Nagaraju

The expert panel also put forward suggestions for effective social policymaking and policy implementation for the next 25 years by critically introspecting the social policies of the past 75 years. The social policies for the Amrit kaal are crucial for the country to provide equitable and inclusive opportunities to marginalised communities.

G. Kiran Kumar