Global gaze on caste

Print edition : April 29, 2016

The suicide of the Dalit researcher Rohith Vemula has put caste oppression in the centre of the political debate in India. Here, students of Hyderabad University in a demonstration over Rohith's death on the campus on January 19. Photo: NAGARA GOPAL

Members of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi staging a road roko in front of Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai in January, demanding the arrest of accused involved in the murder of A.Chinna Karuppiah, a Dalit. Photo: S. James

The Indian government resists any international scrutiny of the caste system, including a recent U.N. report that condemns caste hierarchy. But no amount of sophistry can wish away the possibility of anarchic violence if the government continues to downplay the problem.
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