To discuss whats happening in the Muslim world and what can we do about it.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Dalit Muslims of India
For centuries India's social structure was built around a rigid Hindu caste system. While the caste system was constitutionally abolished in 1950, its legacy stilldeeply affects contemporary Indian society.
The Hindu population, around 84 percent of the 1.2 billion people that live in the country, is still influenced bythe four main traditional castes, which also have their own sub-sects: Brahmins, the priestly and academic class; Kshatriya, the warrior caste; Vaishya, which comprises the business community; and Shudra, the working class.
Outside these fourgroups are others, including the Dalits, who are at the bottom of the hierarchy.
Dalits have traditionally done jobs considered ritually impure, like garbage collection, street sweeping, the cremation of dead bodies and the disposal of human waste.
With Dalits continuingto faceprejudice anddiscrimination within theirowncommunities, some try tofind social acceptanceby convertingtoBuddhism,Christianity, Sikhism or Islam.