At the time of Indian independence, Dalit activists began calling for separate electorates for untouchables in India to. Dalit, meaning "broken/scattered" in Sanskrit and Hindi, is a term mostly used for the ethnic groups in India who are the original inhabitants of India but have been kept depressed by subjecting them to untouchability. Untouchable, also called Dalit, officially Scheduled Caste, formerly Harijan, in traditional Indian society, the former name for any member of a wide range of.
Untouchable. Most of the world assumes that something - Mahatma Gandhi, modernization, progressive legislation - has solved this ancient Indian problem or . The public beating of four men from the bottom rung of India's social Caste Formerly Known As 'Untouchables' Demands A New Role In India. Dalits are at the bottom of the Hindu caste system and despite laws to protect them, they still face widespread discrimination in India, writes.
The Dalits, also known as the Untouchables, were the lowest class of the Hindu caste system and faced official oppression for years. The world-view of today's untouchables has undoubtedly been influenced by the democratic changes in Indian society. What is less clear, however, is whether. More than million people in India are considered "Untouchable"—people tainted by their birth into a caste system that deems them impure.