Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India

Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India

Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India

Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India

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If the world has at last come to know that (1) India's Dalits (forming 20% of India's 1,000 million population together with another 10%, their blood relations, tribals) are the world's single largest Black population outside Africa; (2) that they constitute the world's most oppressed and persecuted people; (3) that Dalits -- the Black Untouchables of India and Africans have a common origin; (4) that the Indian brand of sanctified racism is more serious than that of South African apartheid; (5) that India is the original home of racism, and (6) that Aryan Brahminism is the father of racism -- the credit must go to Dalit Voice, India's largest circulated journal among Dalits, and its 15-year crusade, together with Dalit Sahitya Akademy books.

It all began with Clyde Ahmed Winters' guest editorial of Sept. 16, 1985, "African origin of glorious Dalits," which opened the eyes of the entire African-American population, and brought them close to us. The result: Runoko Rashidi came rushing to India and inaugurated the first All-India Dalit Writers Conference at Hyderabad. Then came our editorial, "21st century belongs to Blacks and Africa" (DVApril 16, 1986). The Dalit Christian delegation to the US led by India's famed Black Bishop, Rev. Azariah (1986) opened up the vast possibilities of fruitful collaboration between the two persecuted peoples (DV Edit, March 16, 1987: "Search for cultural roots of Dalits"). The historic collaboration of African-Americans and Indian Dalits began with the publication of our book, DALIT: The Black Untouchables of India (1987, Clarity Press . . .

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