Social exclusion is the denial of equal opportunities imposed by certain groups of society up on others which leads to inability of an individual to participate in the basic political, economic and social functioning of the society.
The concept of Social exclusion in social science literature is of recent origin. Social exclusion is a complex and multidimensional concept having social, cultural, political and economic ramifications. The concept of social exclusion is seen as covering a remarkably wide range of social and economic problems in the present era of globalisation and economic as well as political developments all over the world.It means exclusion of certain communities from interaction and access to social resources through social arrangements, normative value systems and customs. Social exclusion is the denial of equal opportunities imposed by certain groups of society up on others which leads to inability of an individual to participate in the basic political, economic and social functioning of the society.Contemporary understanding of social exclusion has revived great interest among academics, researchers and policy makers in understanding problems from the perspectives of social exclusion. Thus, the concept of social exclusion essentially refers to the processes through which groups or individuals are wholly, or partially, excluded from full participation in the social and democratic activities of the society in which they live. In this backdrop we are proposing a plenary discussion to the vast understanding on this issue. It will also scrutinize the nature, relevance, and reach of the idea of social exclusion.