Caste and World Conference against Racism, Durban, 2001: Dr. by Gian Singh Thind, Khushi Ram, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

By Gian Singh Thind, Khushi Ram, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

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Its argument that caste is not exactly race is trivially correct, but irrelevant. The WCAR agenda, itself derived from the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, focuses not on race, but on the key noun, “intolerance”, especially intolerance based on “descent” – a term originally included at India’s own instance in the CERD process. Evidently, the government fears the inclusion of caste because it has a lot to hide. This fear is reflected in New Delhi’s increasing unilateralism too – a steep degeneration from its earlier advocacy of multilateralism.

Where are the ‘effective recourse and remedies’ or the ‘strict implementation’ of laws against untouchability or against atrocities against Dalits in the villages?

It is a negation of the Charter of the United Nations 57 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (No comments except that caste discrimination also attracts the provisions of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which fact the Government of India suppressed). Madam President, In our own national context, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and guided by the legacy of Dr. Ambedkar and other social reformers, the government is committing to combating and eliminating discrimination in all its manifestation.

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