Sunday, October 19, 2008

Major obstacle to dalit's liberation movement

At the rendezvous with old friends from Nepal, I was told that one of the critical obstacles to the liberation of dalits is that some of them have not only accepted their 'fate' or bad karma but also taught their children and grandchildren not to dishonour the 'divine arrangments'. Estimates of the number of dalits and persons with dalit-background in India range from 16% to 20% of the country's total population. But, the secular and republican Constitution of India, which proscribes all forms of political as well as social discrimination, still offers a hope. The Indian Constitution also guarantees religious freedom, including the personal conversion of Hindus to other faiths and belief-systems, and atheists are free to air their perspectives and form associations.

Dalits' struggles for dignity continues in India


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