Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editors

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editors

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THIS has been a very high-tech magazine - what with the two of us in Oxford and South India editing, writing and commissioning, and teleconferences spanning four continents and five countries.

At the same time, it has been hard just to find ordinary photographs of the people who call themselves DaIiLs because they are so afraid of the retribution they may face for being identified. And with good reason. In India, Dalits face constant discrimination. Every hour two are assaulted; every day three Dalit women are raped and two Dalits are murdered - simply because they come from a caste considered 'Untouchable'; the bottom of the heap.

This is the hidden apartheid in a country which prides itself on its burgeoning middle class and its expertise in IT. This magazine has been a long time in the waiting because caste is such a difficult issue to raise, especially in India. …

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