Sunday, November 7, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalits, inspired by Obama, seek recognition during Asia tour

Dalits, inspired by Obama, seek recognition during Asia tour

Published By admin on November 06, 2010
Tags: afternoon, asia tour, Freedom, hero, independent india, london
school of economics, Mohandas, mohandas gandhi, president, social
On Saturday, President Obama spent the afternoon in the seaside
mega-city of Mumbai visiting the old-style house of the father of
Mohandas Gandhi, whom the president hailed as "a hero not just to
India, but to the world." Still, some social activists and business
leaders in India are hoping that Obama will honor a lesser-known
freedom fighter, B.R. Ambedkar, who hails from India's lowest social
caste, once known as untouchables. While Gandhi was working for
India's freedom, Ambedkar left his impoverished village in India and
received a scholarship to study at Columbia University and later at
the London School of Economics. He then returned home, becoming the
architect of an independent India's new constitution and a symbol of
empowerment for millions of desperately poor Dalits. At a time of
widespread discrimination against his caste, Ambedkar became one of
the first untouchables, or Dalits as they are now known, to earn


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