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    Inferiority of The Dalit

    Inferiority of The Dalit


    Excerpts From: Hinduism and Islam A Comparative Study

    The so-called Dalits (Untouchables) are the most pitiable victims of the obnoxious and pernicious caste system. Manu has little to say about them. He affirms that the members of three castes, the Brahman, the Kshatriya, and the Vashya, are twice-born; the fourth, the Sudra, once-born; there is no fifth.' All others are outcastes. The common name Dasyas (slaves) is applied to them all.[ 1 ]

    The treatment accorded to the Dalit is simply inhuman. According to Manu Smriti, 'Outcasted persons have no share in inheritance.'[ 2 ] The orthodox Brahmans still believe, if the shadow of a Dalit falls on them, they are polluted and will have to purify them by sprinkling over themse1ves water from the holy river, the Ganges [ 3 ]. 'You may breed cows and dogs in your house,' wrote Mr. M.C. Raja. 'You may drink the urine of cows and swallow cowdung to expiate your sins, but you shall not approach an Adi Dravida [ 4 ]. These people are still denied the use of public wells and tanks and at the same time stigmatized as unclean. They are still kept out of schools and colleges maintained by public funds and at the same time despised as ignorant and illiterate. They are still Shut out from temples, and yet branded as ungodly and unfit to associate with. For access to public roads and even for spaces to bury the dead, they have to depend much on the capricious benevolence of their caste-Hindu neighbours.[ 5]

    iI didn't write any of these facts, here are the-
    References

    [1] Wilkins: Modern Hinduism, London: 1975, p. 263. [2] John C. Oman, The Brahmans, Theists, and Muslims of India, Delhi, 1973, p. 47. [3] F.M. Sandeela, Islam, Christianity and Hinduism, Delhi, 1990, pp. 69-70. [4] i.e., original Indians: Dalits, Sudras, tribal people. [5] Swami Dharma Theertha, History of Hindu Imperialism, (Madras: 1992), pp. 184-85, quoted from P. Chidambaram Pillai's Right of Temple Entry, p. 150.




    [This message has been edited by Green Banner (edited October 11, 2001).]
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