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Let’s Talk Caste

Parliament must defeat the ruling caste silence

Let’s Talk Caste
Rage | Photograph by Nirala Tripathi
Let’s Talk Caste
outlookindia.com
2016-07-29T23:57:36+05:30

In India, the questions of economic disparity and social disparity are intertwined. The two are rela­ted like skin and flesh. Over the past 70 years, many attempts have been made to address economic disparity, which, in essence, is an extension of social disparity, the fountainhead of all problems in the country. No wonder eradicating social disparity is key to economic growth in India. Today, farmers and labourers comprise 85 per cent of the population. Among them, Dalits and adivasis, who make up 25-30 per cent of the country’s population, are the worst affected by social disparity. This doesn’t mean, however, that farmers and labourers from other castes and people from religions other than Hinduism are not being suppressed as well.

The caste system has deep roots in Indian society. You can convert into any relig­ion, become a Christian or a Muslim, but your caste rem­ains the same. Your caste doesn’t leave you even after you adopt another religion.

Our history is full of struggles against social disparity:  think of Kabir, Guru...

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