Caste - the hidden apartheid
In India, Leelaben has spent a lifetime carrying shit in a basket on her
head. In the West, caste is still a criterion in some communities when
looking for a bride or bridegroom. In Japan, the Internet is being used
to incite hatred against the Buraku people.
These are among the
countless examples of discrimination faced by the 250 million people who
were born into what are considered to be 'low' or 'untouchable' castes.
Today, many such
people in Asia call themselves Dalits - which means 'the broken people'
but symbolizes their active resistance to the system that oppresses them.
They are inspired by Dr Ambedkar, the Dalit who wrote the Indian Constitution,
who said: 'Ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is a battle
for the reclamation of the human personality.' The scandal is that in
the 21st century this battle still continues.
4 Southern Exposure
5 View from
13 The caste
14 Caste out
16 View from
18 Caste - THE FACTS
20 I, a Brahmin
24 Between a
rock and a hard place
25 The choice
26 Tied to the
28 Action and worth reading
30 Mixed Media
32 Big Bad World
33 Making Waves
34 Essay - Riding
for their lives
36 Country Profile - Somalia