do add muslims... good question.
do we view all the dalit men as lumpen, and think others are not? I do not agree with this
if we are activists, do we respect their leadership, or oeprate in gandhian ways, usurping it?
--- On Tue, 28/6/11, Siddhartha Kumar <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: Siddhartha Kumar <email@example.com>
Subject: [ZESTCaste] So, how many Dalit or tribal friends do you have?
To: "zestcaste" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, 28 June, 2011, 5:17 PM
So, how many Dalit or tribal friends do you have?
Shekhar Gupta in the Indian Express:
"…at a recent institutional investors' conference which I was
addressing on contemporary Indian politics.
"Just a little bit disconcerted by how many questions were being
asked on the "curse" of caste-based reservations, I did something
wicked. This was a crowd of nearly 500 of the best paid, globalised
Indian finance whiz-kids, in hundred-dollar Hermes ties, seven-figure
(in dollars) bonuses and fancy cars.
"'We have here, fellow Indians with the finest jobs in the world,
mostly with an IIT/ IIM education. Both institutions have also had
caste-based reservations for ever. So how many of you here are tribal
"Not a single hand came up.
"Sensing a QED moment, I turned the knife. 'Okay, please tell me
how many of you at least count a Dalit or a tribal among your friends
or acquaintances? Or how many of you have even shaken hands with a
tribal or a Dalit?'
"Not a single hand came up again."
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