Discrimination in 2019
Discrimination in 2019: how and where?
In human social behavior, discrimination is treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction towards, a person based on the group, class, or category to which the person is perceived to belong.
Momos seller’, ‘drug dealer’, ‘Chinese’, ‘chinky’ and many other slangs are used by Indians so often that we do not even think before uttering them. But when an Indian faces any sort of racial discrimination overseas, our blood boils, and this is what we call hypocrisy.
According to Business Tech, India is the most racist country in the world. More than 60% of Indians have faced the racist behavior within India and most of them are from the north-eastern States. We talk so much about how beautiful the northeast is, but when it comes to the people of the northeast, why don’t we have the same respect for them as well?
Discrimination in india: Truth
When it comes to racism, South Indians face various forms of discrimination as well. We treat the people from North East and South India in a way which is derogatory and alienates them. Even our mantra atihidevobhava (the guest is our god) does not really mean anything in India anymore, as now even the guests are also not treated with basic etiquette.
There are many cases where people from African countries have faced racial discrimination and sometimes, even racial violence. We should ask ourselves why are we doing all this; we should treat all the citizens of India as one instead of us vs them.
One thing which can be said about Indians is that we don’t accept our faults and problems easily. For instance, if a minister or officer is asked to comment on such cases, they will never accept that this is an issue of racial discrimination.
For instance, once a Delhi MP (AAP leader) said that “If we really had any problem with black people we would have never shared houses with Tamilians”. Really?
The constitution has given equal rights to every citizen of India, and we must abide by it. Unfortunately, this sort of discrimination is not only common with respect to races and castes but is also done on the basis of language and region. For instance, in Mumbai, people from Bihar were attacked in 2008. And in 2018 the people of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh were attacked in Gujarat.
While it is quite impossible to eradicate racial discrimination completely, but we can at least try to reduce it to the minimum, and for that, we need to spread awareness among people about this sensitive issue.
Discrimination in india and modi government
Riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity and on a strident wave of nationalism, the right-wing Hindu party BJP just won the general elections in India. This win has exacerbated the fears of India’s Muslim community, which makes up about 14 percent of India’s population. They’ve faced increasing discrimination in india and attacks over the past few years and now fear things will only get worse.
The report states that while Dalits and Adivasis account for about 24 per cent of the country’s population, they constitute 34 per cent of prisoners. National statistics also show that there is a gross over representation of Dalits who are being held in custody while awaiting trial (under trials).
Key reasons behind this over representation are outlined in the report and include deeply entrenched caste biases within the police force, court officials and prison officials, as well as the lack of adequate access to legal remedies and support for Dalits and Adivasis.
The deliberate physical and psychological mistreatment of inmates by prison officials is a persistent and pervasive issue of concern. Dalits and Adivasis are particularly vulnerable to deliberate mistreatment. Furthermore, caste-based discrimination found outside the prisons is also present within the prisons.
Gautam Krishna a resident says, we are discriminated for being Dalits by the government. If the authorities wanted it then our issues would have been resolved. A water pipeline has not been laid for the past five years.
A girl, on the condition of anonymity, said, what option do we have other than travel in the heat to get water. We can’t afford to buy water from the tankers like others. Yes we aren’t asked to step away from the upper caste households today but are deprived of basic facilities.
Chandra Kant Gaikwad, a local activist, says that Dalits still don’t feel they are part of the mainstream. He says that the people need to be made aware that the world has now changed and that such regressive thoughts don’t have any place in the modern world.
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By: Riya Garg