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Dalits on world’s anti-racism agenda

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Although the Indian constitution makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of their caste – in practice it's still widespread, especially in rural areas.

That's why Dalit – once known as untouchable – activists decided to try to get the oppression of Dalits debated at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban in September 2003.

The Indian government fought hard against this and the final document – still unedited – has removed all traces of the issue. Tinku Ray investigates both sides of the story.

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Panos London

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09/02/2003

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