Social Exclusion and Marginalisation of Indian Plantation Working Class- The Malaysian Plantation Experience: M. Mahalingam

Author:   M. Mahalingam
Publisher:   Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism
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This paper looks at the various forms of social exclusion which resulted in perpetuation of poverty and marginalization of Indian plantation working class. Thus, the paper takes upon social exclusion approach for analysis. Even though the planta-tion agriculture contributed for the national income at substantial level, the Indian plantation working class could not prosper on the flourishing plantation sector. In-stead, the Indian plantation working class has become “under class” of the Malaysia and also they have been trapped under “vicious cycle of poverty” for various reasons. The neglected Indian plantation working class is under distress in the prosperous Ma-laysia. 

Keywords: Social Exclusion, Indian plantation working class, poverty, Marginalization 


About Author

Dr.Mahalingam M. has completed his Ph.D entitled ‘Tamil Diaspora: A Case Study of Contemporary Mobilization in Malaysia from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published his research papers and book reviews in various national, international journals and in edited books. He works as research fellow with New Delhi based think-tank called Centre for Policy Analysis at present. He can be contacted at E-Mail: [email protected]

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