Friday, January 07, 2005
Yahoo! News - India's untouchables forced out of relief camps The "untouchable" Dalits of India - the lowest caste - are being forced out of refugee shelters by higher-caste Indians. The caste system goes back centuries. Hinduism perpetuates it, teaching that being born into a low caste is a punsihment for sins in a previous life. There is no upward mobility in Hindu society; one can only hope to to be reincarnated in a higher caste. I wonder what the liberal elite will think of this? It must conflict them greatly. One the one hand they are terribly enamored of Eastern religion and philopsophy. And yet the results of that worldview is an entrenched racism and social oppression.