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Biggest caste survey: One in four Indians admit to practising untouchability

Sixty-four years after caste untouchability was abolished by the Constitution, more than a fourth of Indians say they continue to practise it in some form in their homes, the biggest ever survey of its kind has revealed. Those who admit to practising untouchability belong to virtually every religious and caste…...

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Caste Rules The Roost Across South Asia, 2014-12-13 , Issue 50 Volume 11, Tehelka

Rooting for Dalit rights Activists participating in the People’s SAARC meet in Kathmandu take out a march against caste-based discrimination Two years ago, a young man went to a roadside restaurant in Gaibandha district of north Bangladesh and asked for a cup of tea. The owner refused to serve him. The…...

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Ensuring Inclusion of Dalits during responses in Flood Affected Tamil Nadu.

An assessment report of the situation in Tamil Nadu following devastating floods on 9 November, 2015, finds that Dalit households are the main victims of the flood and are not receiving relief from the Government, despite non-Dalits having received such relief. Statistics reveal that more than 95% of the houses…...

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Press Release and Memorandum submitted to Finance Minister

Recently, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Tribal Sub Plan points out, in the latest report submitted, under-utilisation of funds, diversion of funds, and deficient financial management being common in most of the schemes targeted for SCs and STs. It further says, the schemes meant for the welfare and development…...

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Padam Sundas, the Nepal Ambassador of Bahrain

Mr. Padam Sundas of Samata Foundation is appointed as the new Nepal’s Ambassador to Bahrain. Mr. Sundas is a well respected social activists and Dalit expert. He has been working on Dalit Issues for decades now and is an integral member of ADRF.  ADRF congratulates Mr. Padam Sundas for  his…...

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Dalit, non-dalit South Asian lawmakers’ conference kicks off in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat has reiterated the government’s commitment to end the caste-based discrimination and the practice of ‘untouchability’ from Nepal at the earliest possible. Inaugurating the South Asian Dalit and non-Dalit MPs’ Conference organised by the Asian Dalit Rights Forum here today, he said the government…...

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PM Dahal pledges to strongly voice Dalit issues in UN

KATHMANDU-  Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has pledged to strongly present the issues concerning Dalits in the United Nations (UN). During his meeting today with dalit parliamentarians from the South Asia, the Prime Minister vowed to raise the dalit issues in the UN in an effective way. “The dalit…...

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How the UN Cast out Caste, Leaving Dalits Behind

New York: The United Nations recently announced the launch of its formal development paradigm, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompassing 17 goals and 169 targets. The SDGs define the path of development that nations are to adopt in the next 15 years. The goals appear to be extensive by appearing…...

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Sustainable Development Goals must factor in caste: Dalits

Dalit organisations protested at the U.N. headquarters on Saturday demanding the recognition of caste-based exclusion as a discriminatory factor in development in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Organised by the Asia Dalit Right Forum (ADRF), a network of organisations from across South Asia, the protesters said: “For the SDGs to…...

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