Saturday, September 30, 2006

In one out of 10 villages, Dalits are still not allowed to wear new clothes

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Untouchability in Rural India
Ghanshyam Shah, Harsh Mander, Sukhadeo Thorat, Satish Deshpande and Amita Baviskar
Sage (www.indiasage.com)

Untouchability travels beyond death

Believe it or not, "In one out of 10 villages, Dalits are still not allowed to wear new clothes, sunglasses or chappals, or to use umbrellas and ride bicycles." But, aren't roads public sphere, where all are equal? That seems to be true, only on paper, because the book narrates many more shocking instances of prejudice and inequity.

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