The history of Dalits in India
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- UN body slams India on untouchability issue; T.O.
activist hails UN stand as important first step
- Press release by Ambedkar Centre for Justice & Peace (ACJP), 4
October, 1996. The ACJP is a human rights organization in support
of India's Delits (untouchables).
- Violence Against "Untouchables" Growing, Says
Report Indian Government Fails to Prevent Massacres, Rapes, and
- Human Rights Watch, 14 apr 1999. A report that calls on the Indian
government to disband private militias and implement national
legislation to prevent caste-based attacks. "Untouchability"
was abolished under India's constitution in 1950. Yet entire
villages in many Indian states remain completely segregated by
caste, in what has been called "hidden apartheid."
- Badges of Color: An Afro-Dalit Story
- By Vijay Prashad, Z Magazine, March 2000. The interest
amongst African Americans for the social struggles of
Dalits. I knew that in India the progressive community took
a keen interest in the lives of Black Americans. Solidarity
with African Americans is second nature to the Indian Left:
when King came to India in 1959, he was overwhelmed by the
reception accorded him.
- Plight of the "untouchables"
- By Carla Power, Newsweek, 25 June 2000. After centuries of
discrimination, India's Dalits are fighting back using the vote
and civil disobedience to claim their rights.
- Globalisation Snatching Jobs From Low Castes
- By Ranjit Devraj, IPS, 6 aug 2000. Aided by job quotas in
government employment for decades, India's socially
discriminated low caste people are worried that these will
be snatched away by the forces of globalisation. Leaders
of the 'Dalits' are demanding a new form of affirmative
state action to enable the more than 100 million Dalits
to take advantage of the process of economic liberalisation.