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Old 01-07-2005, 08:14 AM   #1
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Apartheid alive and well under a different name

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...iauntouchables

Sick. Is this a Hindu-approved way of treating people, or is it more of a cultural thing in India not related to Hinduism ?
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Is this new?

I guess the caste system is a human creation based on beliefs in reincarnation and karma. If we all have karma and can go up and down on a scale, why not formalize the scale with a caste system.
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Is this new?

The story is new today. I guess I was shocked that the system is enforced to the extent that it apparently it still is.
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The caste system: may I ask if this is an excuse to mistreat those who are less fortunate?
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The story is new today. I guess I was shocked that the system is enforced to the extent that it apparently it still is.
I have a good friend who started a ministry to provide clean drinking water to the untouchables. The caste system is alive and well.
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The caste system: may I ask if this is an excuse to mistreat those who are less fortunate?
It certainly would appear that way, I'd like to hear from any Hindus what they think.
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Yes, the caste system is alive and well. It's one of my pet peeves. That is why so many Hindus converted to Islam when the Muslims invaded India, they could just say to hell with the caste system because Islam is egalitarian at the core. It was certainly not all coercion, trust me, many "untouchables" were pleased as punch to become "equals".
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A good website to visit is called Dalitnetwork.org (IIRC). It is a Christian organization that is working with Indian politicians to allow for equal treatment of the Dalits-social, political, spiritual equality. There are between 250-300 million Dalits , most of whom are illiterate and poverty-stricken, especially the women. I would not have known about the Dalits if it were not for the alternative-folk group Caedmon's Call who are currently touring right now to raise awareness of their plight.
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To bring equality to India would be a huge achievement. I didn't expect to hear anything today on FYM about Caedmon's Call (they've covered "In God's Country" fyi) today, but that is good news. I hope that only the best will come out of this.
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There are beliefs, customs in cultures that are taught from birth.

I cannot defend or probably really understand it.

Of course it is wrong.
We have our "untouchables" here in America. Where I live in the affluent OC, I believe undocumented workers, illegal aliens, homeless are considered the Dalits.
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Is this new?

I guess the caste system is a human creation based on beliefs in reincarnation and karma. If we all have karma and can go up and down on a scale, why not formalize the scale with a caste system.

So Christian countries don't have class systems?
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So Christian countries don't have class systems?
No.


But for sake of discussion, what do you consider a "Christian country"?
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So Christian countries don't have class systems?
We have our "untouchables" here in America.
undocumented workers, illegal aliens, homeless are considered the Dalits by many.
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