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Approx. 1 million Dalit Hindus mark leader's death





ibay
This is from BBC's website:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6210554.stm
Quote:

Dalits stage mass rally in Mumbai

Hundreds of thousands of low-caste Hindus, known as Dalits, have held a mass rally in India's financial capital Mumbai (Bombay).

The meeting was to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of their leader, BR Ambedkar.

Security was tight because Dalit protesters rioted last week after a statue of Dr Ambedkar was vandalised in the northern city of Kanpur.

At least three Dalits were killed and trains, cars and property were damaged.

The park was packed with followers who had come from all over India to pay their homage to a man who fought against discrimination on the basis of caste.

His followers, who were called untouchables, say that caste discrimination still existed in rural India.

One man said he was not allowed to worship in his village temple which is dominated by higher caste priests.

The authorities expected over 1.5 million people to visit the venue before the ceremony ended on Wednesday night although it appears the turnout was lower than that. .............................................

................Dalits used to be known as untouchables, and were not included in the Hindu caste system, which has existed for thousands of years........


Dalits are those hindus which are considered inferior race by upper caste hindus. I'm not sure, but I think upper caste hindus are called Brahmins.

Some other links:
http://dalitnetwork.org/
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/061206/1/45arw.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolpda/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_4216000/4216290.stm
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/jul172005/district2034252005716.asp
Tokci
yes Dr. Ambedkar was a strong supporter of equality among ppl and always supported dalits.
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