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Will the post-2015 goals make a difference for those who are left behind by India’s social development? As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) gets closer, the challenge of addressing inequality in the new framework is increasingly debated. This paper examines the issue from the perspective of four groups in India that face acute poverty and social exclusion: women, Dalits, Muslims and Tribal people. It draws on their situations to offer insights into an emerging consensus in the broader discussion around post-2015: the importance of addressing inequalities and putting human rights at the heart of the framework; the central role of domestic policies; and the necessity of involving those whom the framework aims to serve.

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