Author: Sanchita Bakshi, Aruneesh Chawla and Mihir Shah
Year: 2015

Among the various axes of inequality in India, regional
disparities have acquired greater salience in recent times,
with demands being made for special status for certain
states on this basis. What has been completely
overlooked in the process is that regional backwardness
in India is a moving frontier with the most intense forms
of poverty and deprivation getting increasingly
concentrated within enclaves of backwardness,
especially those inhabited by adivasi communities. This
paper reports on a recent exercise within the Planning
Commission that tries to capture this dynamic of
regional backwardness in India.