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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Scenes from the caste struggle
Norman mentions the Ayn Rand Institute's "clarification" of its position on tsunami relief: it's worth reading for its own sake.
In the meantime, I can't be the only one who's been experiencing nausea about reports concerning Dalits, members of India's "untouchable" castes. The parts of India affected by the tsunami were coastal areas where poor fishermen live alongside the Dalits, who still suffer from a social stigma that has lasted for millennia and that is bound up inextricably with the Hindu religion. In some of the fishing towns, the presumption that only the Dalits were fit to bury the dead was so strong that unidentified corpses were simply abandoned next to their homes. Untouchables have been denied supplies or even expelled from many relief camps. India's National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights is gloomily monitoring the situation. There are some things, it seems, that even a tidal wave can't sweep away.
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Lord, Lord, Lord. How horrible. Utterly depressing.
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This whole dalit thing does not really surprise me. After all none of the terrorists in either Sri Lanka or Indonesia can be bothered to stop their killing just because there has been a big disaster. In fact, they are no doubt trying to think of ways of taking advantage of it.
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