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07.03 Minority Rights: Honors

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Eric Palomino

on 23 March 2015

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Many people have participated in reform movements. People such as Gautama Buddha and Mahavira were against the caste system and tried to remove it. In August 2006, Untouchables activist Namdeo Dhasal talked with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in an attempt to give the Dalits more freedom, which surprisingly worked to an extent. Discrimination against Hindu Dalits is on a slow but steady decline. For instance, Dalits are able to now drive cars.
I think India would have more success if they did non-violent protests, but at least they are making progress. I believe they will be successful. A lot of progress has already been made in India and the untouchables have a lot more freedom now than they did twenty years ago. Things are improving for India.
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07.03 Minority Rights: Honors
In America, it seems that non-violent protests have more of an effect than violent ones, but in India violence seems to be their answer. In November and December 2006, followers of Raj Thakeray disrespected an Ambedkar statue in Kanpur, which started a iolent protest by the Dalits in Maharashtra, India. The Dalit protestors set three trains on fire, damaged over 100 buses and fought with police. At least four Dalits were killed, over 1,500 people were arrested, 14 cops were injured and 60 cars were set on fire.
By: Eric Palomino
Untouchables in India
Untouchables, also known as Dalits, are people tainted by their birth into a caste system that deems them impure. They are told to be less than human and lack a lot of rights. Untouchables consist of many different social groups from all over India, speaking many languages and having many different religions.
Works Cited
"India's "Untouchables" Face Violence, Discrimination." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 14 May 2014. <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/06/0602_030602_untouchables.html>.
"India's Untouchables | Cultural Survival." India's Untouchables | Cultural Survival. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2014. <http://www.culturalsurvival.org/ourpublications/csq/article/indias-untouchables>.
"India's Dalits Still Fighting Untouchability." BBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2014. <http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-18394914>.
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