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Monday, October 13, 2008

Not so nice

Still on the topic of Hindus (and with the bit in that poem about sticking to caste still fresh in our minds) we turn to this story. Dalits are what used to be called "untouchables". Unfortunately such violence against dalits is all too common, though not invariably fatal. Overt caste discrimination is illegal in India, but - as elsewhere - old attitudes die hard.

One should note in passing the wonderful (and wholly typical) vocabulary of Indian newspaper crime reporting, where police conduct raids to "nab" people, where dalits "succumb" to gunshots or are injured in "stone-pelting", and of course where "Singh is absconding".

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