K. Raju entered the Indian Administrative Service in 1981. He served as the district collector of Nellore and Kurnool districts in Andhra Pradesh. His pioneering work on self-help groups of women and his role in the delivery of MGNREGA with transparency and accountability (when he headed the rural development department of Andhra Pradesh), empowered the poor immensely. He worked with the National Advisory Council and contributed to the formulation of rights-based, pro-poor legislations and policies, securing long-lasting benefits for the country's poor. Raju joined the Congress party in 2013 and is currently the national coordinator for the SC, ST, OBC and minorities departments of the All India Congress Committee.
The Dalit Truth contains a symphony of Dalit voices as they call out to the future. A multitude of Dalit truths and their battles against the lies perpetrated by the caste system are reflected in the pages of this book, pointing towards a future filled with promise and prospects for the coming generations.
This eighth volume in the Rethinking India series, published in collaboration with the Samruddha Bharat Foundation, probes the pathway to be followed by the Dalits as articulated by Ambedkar's Constitution. The authors featured in the volume come from various fields and bring narratives of different colours, not just stories of dismay but also of possibilities. The essays offer deeper insights into social, educational, economic and cultural challenges and opportunities faced by the Dalits, the varied strategies of political parties for their mobilization and the choice to be made by the Dalits for attaining social equality.
The informed readers of today will find these pages both enlightening and refreshing. The Dalit Truth is a dossier for tomorrow.