Plight of today’s Valmiki peoples.
And someone feels this:
“I do not believe that (valmikis) they have been doing this job just to sustain their livelihood. Had this been so, they would not have continued with this type of job generation after generation.” And adds, “At some point of time, somebody must have got the enlightenment that it is their (Valmikis’) duty to work for the happiness of the entire society and the Gods; that they have to do this job bestowed upon them by Gods; and that this job of cleaning up should continue as an internal spiritual activity for centuries. This should have continued generation after generation. It is impossible believe that their ancestors did not have the choice of adopting any other work or business.”[ref]
Believing in something is not a crime says Kerala High Court.
“None of the political parties – regional or national – have spoken in support of Murugan. Many say this conspiracy of silence among India’s political parties when it comes to freedom of speech bodes ill for the world’s largest democracy.”
“I’m not looking forward to it. Last year it was a nightmare. Yuck”
(On the prospect of staying in the Delhi Hilton again as the hotel is less than 100m from an open sewer)
Why would “Please don’t come. Please don’t race here. And please don’t telecast races here.” not be an appropriate response?
As India seems to show interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, it will be worthwhile to get an idea of what it is.
Most Indian groups descend from a mixture of two genetically divergent populations: Ancestral North Indians (ANI) related to Central Asians, Middle Easterners, Caucasians, and Europeans; and Ancestral South Indians (ASI) not closely related to groups outside the subcontinent. The date of mixture is unknown but has implications for understanding Indian history. We report genome-wide data from 73 groups from the Indian subcontinent and analyze linkage disequilibrium to estimate ANI-ASI mixture dates ranging from about 1,900 to 4,200 years ago. In a subset of groups, 100% of the mixture is consistent with having occurred during this period. These results show that India experienced a demographic transformation several thousand years ago, from a region in which major population mixture was common to one in which mixture even between closely related groups became rare because of a shift to endogamy.
PS: ‘endogamy’ is an euphemism for ‘caste’, in this case.