[WSMDiscuss] Indian Diaspora and the Caste Question

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Tue Jul 7 10:04:53 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! Indian Diaspora and the CasteQuestion cannot be seen in isolation to each other. The recent Caste BasedDiscrimination (CBD) case against CISCO, the American IT company, should beseen as part of a deeper malaise called the Brahmanical caste system which hasantiquity and continuity as its characteristic value that simply refuses to goaway. This is also to reaffirm the fact that caste system like its progenitor theBrahmanical Hindu religion claims to be eternal which is in actual practice notonly hierarchical but also discriminatory and exclusionary in its true natureand spirit. 


The complete annihilation of thecaste system is the only solution for establishing a society based on liberty,equality and fraternity in their true sense of the term, both in theory andpractice. 


On the links given below you couldread an opinion piece by Prof. Anupama Rao, who teaches at Bernard College, NewYork and also an interview with Thenmozhi Soundararajan of the Equality Labs,who has been a tireless campaigner against caste based discrimination in theSouth Asian diaspora in the US for more than two decades by now. 


Do pass it on to others in yourcircle/network.  


Cisco castediscrimination case busts the myth of the South Asian diaspora as a modelminority

Anupama Rao, Opinion, Scroll, June 07, 2020 



It exposes upper-caste anxieties about the introduction ofthe caste question in the West.




Caste ispart of the Silicon Valley ecosystem: Equality Labs director on Cisco case

Geetika Mantri, The News Minute,July 06, 2020 

Caste is part of the Silicon Valley ecosystem: Equality Labs director on Cisco case

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Caste is part of the Silicon Valley ecosystem: Equality Labs director on...

Last week, a landmark lawsuit against a major IT firm in the US made news – the state of California’s Department...




"Dominantcastes who pride themselves as being only of merit have just converted theircaste capital into positions of power throughout the Silicon Valley," saysThenmozhi Soundarajan. 





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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