[WSMDiscuss] The Specter of Caste and the Endurance of Denials

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Fri Jul 17 20:00:27 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! The millenniaold caste system refuses to shed its true characteristics of discriminating andexcluding certain sections of people who have rightly been called as Dalits- ‘BrokenPeople’, also known as ex-untouchables. Along with rights protected by theConstitution of India, Dalits are also marching ahead in different streams oflife, but they face discrimination, exclusion and violence from villagerepublics to even Silicon Valley in the US. It could be any other place in theworld.   


On the links givenbelow you could read opinion pieces and also watch an interview with YashicaDutt, a Dalit journalist based in New York. 


Do pass it on toothers in your circle/network.


CasteBias Lawsuit Against Cisco Tests Rare Workplace Claim

PaigeSmith, Bloomberg Law, July 17, 2020 



Lawsuit Highlightsthe Often Hidden Caste Conflict.




Watch: CISCOgets sued in California after Dalit Engineer Complaint. 'Specter of Caste inSilicon Valley'

Yashica Dutt inconversation with Barkha Dutt, MOJO Story, July 16, 2020 





Cisco,Caste Discrimination and the Endurance of Denial in Overseas Indians

Sreya Sarkar, Opinion, The Wire, July 15,2020 



In the US, the modelminority is celebrated for their hard work but what goes undetected is thedeep-seated caste identities they hold on to reflexively.




The Specterof Caste in Silicon Valley

By Yashica Dutt, Opinion, The NewYork Times, July 14, 2020 



Indian immigrants from Dalit backgrounds are rising upagainst caste discrimination at their workplaces in the United States. 




A new lawsuit shines a light on caste discrimination in the U.S.and around the world

Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Opinion, The Washington Post, July14, 2020 

Opinion | A new lawsuit shines a light on caste discrimination in the U.S. and around the world

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Opinion | A new lawsuit shines a light on caste discrimination in the U....

The suit is an urgent first step to recognize the violence so many Dalits have endured for years.




As theUnited States faces a reckoning over its enduring racial caste system, a critical new front for civil rights was openedagainst the original system of caste discrimination that began in South Asia.In June, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing launched a lawsuit against Cisco for caste discrimination toward an Indian Americanengineer, who claims he washarassed by two co-workers and faced retaliation after complaining to thecompany. 





Umakant,Ph. D 


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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