This book examines the multi-layered aspects and the complexities of inclusive development in South Asia based on recent data and using innovative methodology.

The book offers an analysis of the existing ground realities in terms of economic and inclusive development, presenting relevant discussion and findings. It discusses lower castes, tribes, religious/ethnic minorities, and other socially vulnerable people, as well as gender, rural–urban, and educational disparities in South Asia, and highlights that all these issues are interrelated. Structured in two parts—Spatial Dimensions, Labour, and Migration, and Social Dimensions and Beyond Inclusion—the chapters present emerging new concepts related to socio-economic and inclusive development and use effective and valid methods and methodology covering the ground realities-based information and secondary data-based analysis. Evaluating the extent to which inclusive development has been realised in South Asia, the contributors explore a new approach towards the concept of ‘inclusiveness’ by drawing on the experiences of the diverse societies in South Asia.

An immensely useful contribution to the analysis of different economic and social issues in different countries in South Asia, focusing on inclusivity, this book will be of interest to researchers working on South Asian Politics and Development Economics.

chapter |13 pages


‘Inclusive Development’ in South Asia

part 1|167 pages

Spatial Dimensions, Labour, and Migration

chapter 1|20 pages

Three Spatial Layers of the Indian Economy

Regional Disparities, Industrial Locations, and Labour Market

chapter 3|25 pages

The Burgeoning Small Towns of India

Lessons for Inclusive Development

chapter 4|23 pages

Education System and Economic Development in Rural Bangladesh

A Comparative Study Between Remote and Suburban Rural Villages

chapter 5|30 pages

Mobility Between Formal and Informal Sectors and Inclusiveness

A Study of Ahmedabad

chapter 7|22 pages

International Migration from India and the GCM

Inclusion and Exclusion in South Asia?

part 2|154 pages

Social Dimensions and Beyond Inclusion

chapter 10|20 pages

Becoming Dalit

Ambedkarite Movements and Inter-caste Marriages in and Around Nagpur

chapter 11|23 pages

Do ‘Islamic Norms’ Impede Inclusive Development of Women?

A Case Study of Islamic Education for Women in Rural Bangladesh

chapter 12|22 pages

From ‘Failed Development’ to ‘Inclusive Development’?

Views of Ethnic/Caste Minority Women

chapter 13|18 pages

Destitution in Old Age

Living Through Asymmetrical Relations

chapter 14|24 pages

Universal Basic Income and Land Rights for Women

An Anti-capitalist Critique