The struggle against caste-based discrimination practiced in South Asia has come to the shores of the United States with the introduction of House Resolution 566 by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. The resolution introduced last week “condemns the practice of untouchability and the discriminatory treatment of the Dalits in South Asia and the Asian diaspora.”
Norton who is a non-voting member of the House of Representatives linked the plight of Dalits with slaves before they were emancipated and DC residents who like the Dalits “are treated like second-class citizens in their own country, without the same rights as others.”
Norton first announced about her plan to introduce this resolution on April 16th, the day that slaves in DC were emancipated in 1862.
“In commemoration of Dr. Ambedkar’s birthday and life’s work, and with the continuing acts of gross inequality against the Dalit people, my resolution calls on Congress forthrightly to oppose the discrimination and condemn the practice of Dalit untouchability in all of its forms throughout the world,” said Norton.
Agenda is to get together in the park, and discuss about caste discrimination issue, and share ideas on what we can do at the individual level to alleviate the problem. Later we can do a short March in the park based on the attendees.