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Dr Shaileshkumar Sahebrao Darokar

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies

M.A. (TISS), M.Phil. (JNU), Ph.D. (JNU)


Shaileshkumar Darokar has a Master of Arts in Social Work (with specialization in Urban and Rural Community Development) from TISS Mumbai and M. Phil and Ph. D in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Centre of Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies. He served as Associate Professor (May 2014 – January 2020), Chairperson CSSEIP (June 2015 – May 2018), Associate Dean – Social Protection Office, TISS, Mumbai (November 2015 – May 2018).

He has been a member of the Library Advisory Committee and Board of Studies, TISS Tulajapur Rural Campus. He has also served as a member of the Gender Amity Committee of the Institute and a member of Research Council, TISS Mumbai Campus.

His areas of teaching and research are - Dalit empowerment, social movements in India and the philosophy of Ambedkarism. His special interest lies in research on manual scavenging and sanitation workers in India. He has conducted numerous workshops and seminars to debate interconnections between caste and inhuman occupations such as manual scavenging. He has also headed a number of government research projects commissioned by the Govt. of Maharashtra pertaining to the development of SC, ST and NT-DNT. He is also associated with multiple community outreach initiatives and community-based Dalit-Adivasi (civil society) organizations in India.

Areas of Academic Interest:

social stratification in urban and rural settings,

social exclusion, social inequality, dignity, livelihood issues with special reference to Dalits, Adivasis, NT-DNT and other marginalized sections in Indian,

urban sanitation, solid waste management with special reference to manual scavengers and rag-pickers,

Dalit empowerment, social movements in India and the philosophy of Ambedkarism

Chapters in Books - 

1. Shaileshkumar Darokar - "Dalit Women, Dehumanised Labour and Struggles for Dignity" in Mary E. John and Meena Gopal (Eds) Women in the Worlds of Labour: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Perspectives, Orient Blackswan, 2021. (https://orientblackswan.com/details?id=9788194925897)

2. Shaileshkumar Darokar - "Deconstructing the Practice of Manual Scavenging: Critical Insights", in R. Thirunavukkarasu (Ed) Social Hegemony in Contemporary India, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2021 (ISBN: 9789353886332).

3. Shaileshkumar Darokar - Manual Scavengers: A Blind Spot in Urban Development Discourse, Chapter in a book “Including the Excluded in South Asia: Power, Politics and Policy Perspective from the Region”, Eds. Madhushree Shekhar & Carciumaru Radu, Springer, Singapore, 2019.


Research Paper/Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals -

1. Shaileshkumar Darokar - Complexities of Liberation from Caste: Manual Scavenging in Maharashtra, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 55, Issue No. 9, February 29, 2020.

2. Shaileshkumar Darokar - 'Manual Scavengers: A Blind Spot in Urban Development Discourse', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Issue No. 22, 02 June 2018.

3. Shaileshkumar Darokar “Social Justice and Social Development of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes in    Maharashtra”, Indian Journal of Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action, IJDTSA Vol.2, Issue 1, No. 1, pp 1-23, June 2014.

4. Shaileshkumar Darokar “Internalising and Deepening 'Dhammakranti' Towards realizing Ambedkar's Emancipatory Vision”, Indian Journal of Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action, IJDTSA Vol.1, Special Issue: Voices and Silences, No.2 pp.8 to 18, 2013-2014

5. Shaileshkumar Darokar  (2010) – Understanding Social Exclusion in India: Ambedkarian Perspective, Journal of Inter-disciplinary Policy Research and Action, 14 (1), 31-53,

6.Shaileshkumar Darokar  (2008) – Nagarikaranacha Imala, Jati Vyavsthecha Paya: Adhunik Shahratil “Vitalnare” Vyavyasay Va Safai Kamgar, Samaj Prabodhan Patrika, March- April (Marathi)

7. Shaileshkumar Darokar  (2005) – Socio-Economic Status of Scavengers Engaged in Practice of Manual Scavenging in Maharashtra, Indian Journal of Social Work, 66 (2), April


Forthcoming (2021) -

Books -

1. 'A Part Apart' by Shaileshkumar Darokar, bodhi s.r. and Sudharak Olwe (New Vehicle Publications, Mumbai)

2. Reflections on Navayana Buddhism: Context, Debates and Theories by Shaileshkumar Darokar, Subodh N.W and bodhi s.r (The Shared Mirror, Hyderabad).

Paper in Edited Volume -

1. Shaileshkumar Darokar – 'Ambedkar's Vision of a New Social Order in India', in Sanjay Prasad, Shailendra Thakur and Ravi Saxena (Eds.) Relocating Dr. Ambedkar: Nation, State, Civil Society and Constitution, Prabhat Prakashan, New Delhi. 


Research in Media

1.Baseline Survey of Conservancy Workers of MCGM, by CSSEIP, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, funded by Tata Trusts, Mumbai

“Mission Garima”, a collaboration of Municipality Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the Tata Trust, Mumbai.





Research projects undertaken: (independent/jointly)

1. “Socio-Anthropological Study of Gowari Community of Maharashtra”, commissioned by Tribal Development Department, Govt. of Maharashtra. (Completed - October 2020).

2. “Socio-Anthropological Study of Dhangar Community of Maharashtra”, commissioned by Tribal Development Department, Govt. of Maharashtra. (Completed - August 2018)

3.“Baseline Survey of Conservancy Workers of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai”, under the collaborative Mission Garima of MCGM and Tata Trusts, Mumbai. (Completed, December 2015)

4.“Educational Status of Scheduled Castes in Maharashtra State”, initiated and sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), MHRD, New Delhi with Prof. G. G. Wankhede (Completed, 2015)

5.Enhancement of Human Development Parameters Among Project Affected Persons: An Impact Assessment Study in New Gautum Nagar, Govandi, Mumbai, sponsored by ACJP, an NGO based in Mumbai, (Completed, March 2012)

6.“Socio-Economic, Educational and Cultural Development of Matang Samaj in Maharashtra”, (study sponsored by the Government of Maharashtra. (Completed, February 2008). (Project Director Prof. A. Ramaiah )

7.Study on “Livelihoods, Employment & Sustainable Development: An Initiative Towards Improving Skills and Employability”. Sponsored by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), February 2006, (Project Director Prof. R. C. Datta)

8.“Study of Practice of Manual Scavenging in the State of Gujarat”, for Gujarat Safai Kamdar Vikas Nigam, Government of Gujarat, August 2006. (jointly with Dr. H. Beck)

9.“Study of Practice of Manual Scavenging and socio-economic profile of Manual Scavengers in Maharashtra”, for Mahatma Phule Backward Class Development Corporation, (Government of Maharashtra), January 2005. (jointly with Dr. H. Beck)

10.“Impact Assessment of Initial Phase of MMRDA Resettlement Implementations”, sponsored by MMRDA and World Bank, 2003. (Project Director- Prof. R. N. Sharma)

Caste Movements Theory and Practice (for M.Phil in Inclusive Development & Social Justice, in 2nd Semester)

Caste, State and Politics in South Asia (for M. A. DTSA, II Sem)

Email: shaileshsd[at]tiss[dot]edu

E-mail: shailtiss@gmail.com

Tel (O) : 022-25525355