The Republic of India is currently the world’s second most populous country, which means that approximately every sixth person on Earth is an Indian.India has a rich linguistic and socio-cultural diversity, and caste, class, gender, education and wealth have remained significant determinants of individual social paths, even in a rapidly modernising India.In 2014, India overtook Japan to become the third largest economy in the world in terms of Purchasing Power Parity. However, despite the spectacular economic growth, India’s development potential may be hindered by the increasing income and asset inequality and persistence of poverty.University-level educated professional social work has long been well-established in India, and co-exists with robust voluntary and popular approaches to social work; thus social work in India transcends disciplinary boundaries consciously in theory and practice.
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