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Amit Thorat is an Assistant Professor at the Center for the Study of Regional Development at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to this he worked as an Associate Fellow at the National Council for Applied Economics Research (NCAER), New Delhi. He obtained his PhD Degree in Economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), JNU. His research has been on issues of income, educational and health inequalities in general and across social, ethnic and religious groups in particular, in the context of India. At present he is working on understanding the continuing practice of untouchability in India and its implications on social behavior. His earlier work includes examining gains for small and marginal farmers from high value fruits and vegetable production as well as from cooperative farming.