Untouchables

Discrimination against the Untouchable Caste was made illegal when India gained its independence.

In practice, the discrimination continued. The Daltis, as the untouchables are now known are, among other things, not allowed to draw water from the same wells as those Hindus of a higher caste.

The Daltis are now in revolt against the discrimination from Hindus higher up the pecking order. They will be converting to Buddhism in mass ceremonies right across the country later this month.

Strange that by changing religion they will have made their lives happier and command more respect. The Hindus’ loss is the Buddhists’ gain.

jackdaw

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