Emerging Pattern of Leisure Among Scheduled Caste in India :a Case of Haryana.

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:40
Oral Presentation
Desraj SABHARWAL, MD University Rohtak, India
The Leisure is essential for everybody, however every society is heterogeneous so the case of Indian society. There is a group of high caste, high class, lower caste and lower class, women, men, youth so and so forth. Traditional Hindu society in India is divided into numerous caste and sub caste numbering in thousands. These caste have traditionally been ranked in a ritual hierarchy. The upper castes at the top of hierarchy were the dominant castes. The scheduled castes at the bottom of the hierarchy can also be described as the marginal castes. These castes acted as menial workers, laborers, servants and watchmen. Lower castes leisure have been always neglected. The present paper tries to find out the types of leisure opportunities and constraints among the deprived section of the society. It is not only because of their economic constraints but also due to hierarchical division of the society. The pattern of leisure is deeply influenced by the social transformation, its social structure, economy, technology, cultural and political process in society. Now technology has brought improvement in the agriculture and industry. The print and electronic media emerged as a strong arm for diffusion and orchestration of information, cultural symbols and recreational packages of various kinds.

The political process of democratic participation set into motion among social groups such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and women groups. Its emergence as radically, though not wholly, distributed the traditional pattern of leisure and leisure institutions in society. Institutional form of culture to which leisure in the past was oriented, is now increasingly exposed to forces of what is known as mass culture or popular culture. This is happening in the urban setting of our society.