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UNIVERSAL CONDEMNATION OF CASTE SYSTEM

From around the world there is criticism and disapproval against casteism, even though the middle class Indians are oblivious to caste-oriented discriminations. Casteism is illegal but is covertly practised in Indian society. Hence the battle against untouchability continues to be in day-to-day life.

Kevin Brown, a staff member in Indiana University, USA identifies the colour-bar suffered by Afro Americans with the untouchability that is painfully endured by Dalits. Brown was a fulbright scholar in India and worked in a Law College in Bangalore.

He interacted with rich men among the Dalits including Chandra Bhanu Prasad, a mentor for the Dalit India Chamber of Commerce and Industry and suggested that Dalits should set up their own business and raise their standard of living. This will offset the discrimination and affront that they face in society.

An American social worker Johanna Shafer feels that discrimination against Dalits is a serious violation of human rights.

But when opportunities are available for them, whether state-sponsored or corporate supported, they must make use of them with diligence and hard work. They must realise that there is no substitute for sincerity and commitment to work.

An American lady retired from the fashion industry in the USA is now working with Dalit women labourers in India. Economic setback and caste discrimination are the two items they suffer with, she says.

Hollywood actress Rolita Fakih hopes to raise awareness about the evils of India's casteism by talking about it wherever she goes. The winner of the Miss. Arab contest in 2014 is planning to raise awareness of what is going on in India and how to resist and remove the casteism from society.

Sushant Godghate, a doctorate in Engineering is a part of the Ambedkar International Mission in Japan. She has pledged her support in annihilating casteism.

Keeping in mind the solid support forthcoming from various foreign countries against casteism, we are optimistic that in one day or other, evils of casteism will vanish from Indian society once and for all.

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