[WSMDiscuss] Dalits in South Asia- Bangladesh and Nepal

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Sun Mar 10 19:13:58 CET 2019

Dear Friends

Greetings! The caste based discrimination in South Asia is practicedon a varying scale. The culture of denial by the ruling castes and communitiesare also quite common. Please click on the links given below to read about the situationof Dalits and Indigenous peoples in Bangladesh. 


On the other link also mentioned below you could read aninteresting Oped article about the situation of Dalits in Nepal. 


Do pass it on to others in your circle/network. 


Indigenous and Dalit Peoples ofBangladesh: Challenges and Way Forward for Inclusion in Rights and Services



A situation of inequality, discrimination, exclusion, anddeprivation prevails in Bangladesh, in their diverse forms, which impacts on asignificant portion of population due to their historical identities andmarginalised positions in society (Roy, 2002; Shafie & Kilby, 2003;Goswami, 2004; Dyrhagen & Islam, 2006; Foley & Chowdhury, 2007; Ahsan& Burnip, 2007; Sarker & Davey, 2007; Nasreen & Tate, 2007; Bal,2007; Zohir et al, 2008; Ali, 2013; Ali, 2014; MJF, 2016). This has remained asa bewildering scenario, although the Constitution of Bangladesh guarantees someconcrete directives to establish social and economic justice in every spheresof society. The directives provide that all citizens are equal before law andare entitled to equal protection of law (Article 27); state shall endeavour toensure equality of opportunity to all citizens (Article 19.1); state shalladopt effective measures to remove social and economic inequality and to ensurethe equitable distribution of wealth among citizens, and of opportunities(Article 19.2); state shall not discriminate against any citizen on groundsonly of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth (Article 28.1).


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the UnitedStates provides that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity andrights (Article 1). The Agenda 2030 i.e. the United Nations’ SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs) reiterates the spirit of establishing dignity ofindividuals as fundamental human right. The overarching idea of Agenda 2030 isto achieve its goals and targets equitably for all nations and people and forall segments of society. Thus, the main vision of the Sustainable DevelopmentGoals (SDGs) appears as ‘Leaving No One Behind’. 




Please click on this link for fullReport: https://www.ti-bangladesh.org/beta3/images/2019/report/IPS-Dalit/Main_EN_IPS_and_Dalit_Study.pdf




Read, write and bringabout changes 

Subhash Nepali, Oped,Kathmandu Post, March 10, 2019 



One of the mostdifficult things about dealing with injustice is finding effective ways to talkabout it. This is especially true for Nepal’s Dalit communities, who are farbehind the national average on all human development indicators. Their povertyrate is 48 percent; the children’s chronic malnutrition rate is at 60 percent;the food deficiency among Dalits is 85 percent; and their life expectancy isonly 48 years. 




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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