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Diversity in India: addressing caste, disability and gender

Rana Haq (Department of Marketing and Management, Faculty of Management, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada)
Alain Klarsfeld (Toulouse Business School, Toulouse, France)
Angela Kornau (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany)
Faith Wambura Ngunjiri (Offutt School of Business, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 24 June 2020

Issue publication date: 21 July 2020




The purpose of this paper is to present the diversity and equality perspectives from the national context of India and introduce a special issue about equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in India.


This special issue consists of six articles on current EDI issues in India. The first three of the contributions are focused on descriptions of diversity challenges and policies regarding caste and disabilities, while the remaining three papers address gender diversity.


In addition to providing an overview of this issue's articles, this paper highlights developments and current themes in India's country-specific equality and diversity scholarship. Drawing on the special issue's six papers, the authors show the relevance of Western theories while also pointing to the need for reformulation of others in the context of India.

Research limitations/implications

The authors conclude with a call to further explore diversity in India and to develop locally relevant, culture-sensitive theoretical frameworks. Religious and economic diversity should receive more attention in future diversity management scholarship in the Indian context.


How does India experience equality and diversity concepts? How are India's approaches similar or different from those experienced in other countries? How do theoretical frameworks originated in the West apply in India? Are new, locally grounded frameworks needed to better capture the developments at play? These questions are addressed by the contributions to this special issue.



Haq, R., Klarsfeld, A., Kornau, A. and Ngunjiri, F.W. (2020), "Diversity in India: addressing caste, disability and gender", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 39 No. 6, pp. 585-596.



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