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[children of God], in India, individuals who are at the bottom of or outside the Hindu caste system. They were traditionally sweepers, washers of clothes, leatherworkers, and those whose occupation it was to kill animals.
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Most importantly for the church, economic disparities between Dalits and the upper caste are higher among Christians than in any other religious community.
THE JUNE RECORD contained some introductory comments about the Dalit peoples in caste-affected societies, and about the recent Global Ecumenical Conference on Justice for Dalits, which took place in Bangkok this past March.
New Delhi, April 28 -- The Lok Sabha on Tuesday denounced the killing of two Dalits in Haryana's Mirchpur village.
This is a golden period for Dalits," says Chandra Bhan Prasad, a Dalit activist and researcher.
Suvash was a leading Dalit activist with fresh ideas and a progressive vision for his country," said Mona Dave, NED Program Officer for Asia.
Second, Gurram sends the report of his plight and the plight of fellow dalits to Shiva, the god of destruction.
If we can get the pope and Bishop Tutu to speak on the discrimination and injustice against the dalits, this can create a ripple in the global media," Vijaykumar Parmar of India's National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights told Ecumenical News International.
It was the product of a partnership between intellectuals/ activists who put forward the Dalit Agenda at the Bhopal Conference; a younger generation Congress Chief Minister responsive to the needs of dalits/tribals and keen to obtain their support; and an efficient, senior bureaucracy that formulated the programme.
The Dalits fall outside the whole caste system and are primarily defined as people who have no caste at all.
Dalit Solidarity Network UK (DSN) has found that despite rapid expansion into South Asia by international companies the problems faced by Dalits (so-called 'untouchables') remain unchallenged.
Women leaders and activists spoke ardently about the pervasive practice of untouchability, with 40% of villages in India still involved in this practice, and the fact that 60% of sex workers are Dalits.