Poverty and Inequality in Development at Community Level: an Empirical Analysis in the context of the Tai-Ahoms of Assam, India

Pranjal Buragohain
2016 International Research Journal of Social Sciences____________________________________E   unpublished
Growing inequality has now been considered as one of the development problems. Rising income inequality shows that the benefit of growth is not shared evenly by all sections of the society-especially by the Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and other disadvantaged classes which are hindering the progress of the country. The lopsided development has also resulted incidence of insurgency, separatist movement, ethnic conflicts and a polarization of politics based on castes, clans, religion and
more » ... ns, religion and region. The Tai-Ahoms is one of the backward communities of Assam who has been for a long time demanding the status of scheduled tribe to raise their socioeconomic and political status. Based on primary level study, this paper is an attempt to study the degree of inequality at the community level. It is found from the study that the prevailing income inequality among the community is very high. There is also the variation in the level of income inequality across the districts. Further, inequalities have also been observed in the sphere of educational attainment and health attainment.