[WSMDiscuss] How Caste Still Rules in India

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Sat Nov 17 19:37:41 CET 2018

Dear Friends

Greetings! Pleaseclick on the links given below to read about how Caste Still rules in India inseveral dehumanizing and criminal ways. 


Do pass it on toothers in your circle/network. 


‘TellEveryone We Scalped You!’ How Caste Still Rules in India 

Jeffrey Gettleman andSuhasini Raj, The New York Times, No. 17, 2018 



THATI, India — WhenSardar Singh Jatav set out walking on a muggy night in early September to talkwith the men who employed his son, he found them already waiting for him in theroad. But they were not in the mood for discussion.


The higher-caste mengreeted Mr. Sardar with a punch to the face. Then they broke his arm. Then theypinned him down. Mr. Sardar shrieked for help. Nobody came.


One higher-caste manstuffed a rag in his mouth. Another gleefully pulled out a razor. He grabbedMr. Sardar’s scalp and began to lift and cut, lift and cut, carving off nearlyevery inch of skin.


“Take that!” Mr. Sardar remembers themsaying. “Tell everyone we scalped you!”




“I changed my surname so people would not know me as aNamashudra” 

Manoranjan Byapari 


"If you insist that you do not know me, let me explain myself …youwill feel, why, yes, I do know this person. I’ve seen this man." Withthese words, Manoranjan Byapari points to the inescapable roles all of us playin an unequal society. InterrogatingMy Chandal Life: An Autobiography of a Dalit is the translation of his remarkable memoir Itibritte Chandal Jivan. Translated by Sipra Mukherjee, the book talks about Byapari'straumatic life as a child in the refugee camps of West Bengal and Dandakaranya,his involvement with the Naxalite movement, getting educated in a prison andmore.




A GhastlyMurder 

IlangovanRajasekaran, Frontline Magazine, Print edition: November 23, 2018 



The gruesome killingof a 13-year-old Dalit girl in Salem district brings to the fore the growingnumber of casteist and sexual assaults on hapless women in Tamil Nadu.




With Regards 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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