Many of the 300 million Dalits who converted to Christianity have lost their rights in India. Most of those who bore the brunt of the Asian tsunami crisis in India were Dalit Christians who live by the coast and many lost their homes. Social discrimination against the lower-caste Dalits who converted to Christianity was exposed during the tsunami relief operations.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
And ... religious intolerance in India as well ...
[But that's hardly news really.] Against Dalit Christians, who face discrimination in relief efforts (and much more) in the wake of the devastating Tsunami of 2005. [Anglican Journal. Hat tip to Assiniboine. The article is dated Dec. 2005 ... but I'm not entirely sure that things are any better. Dalits and especially Dalit Christians, continue to be treated very poorly in India. I should say that I think India's policy of "reservations", which is mentioned in the article, is at best misguided and counterproductive. Even the Constitution mandated it for a certain amount of time. Now it's become thoroughly twisted by the machinery of party politics and "vote banks." More at Dalit Freedom Network and Joseph D'Souza's blog.]