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Grumble Of Distant Drums

Grumble Of Distant Drums

The Indian government scores a point as a showy, risque protest puts paid to the Dalit campaign

Grumble Of Distant Drums Grumble Of Distant Drums

Perhaps only a handful of the 240 million Dalits back home know they are the subject of a passionate debate thousands of miles away in the coastal city of Durban. Even fewer would know about the 250 activists dancing and beating drums for their cause. And, in all likelihood, none would know that the group officially lobbying for them at the World Conference Against Racism (wcar) comprises mostly foreigners with little experience of India's grim realities.

Yet, all the song and dance and the relentless propaganda came a cropper, unable as Dalit activists were to secure the inclusion of caste as a form of racism at the United Nations Conference here. Their failure was in stark contrast to the euphoria the Dalit campaign had generated in the four days of the ngo forum preceding the conference.

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