Category Archives: Hindus

Enduring religion in the Kashmir conflict

That the conflict over Kashmir is religious seems self-evident to most people who care to talk about it. Opposing sides fundamentally agree the conflict has a religious character. US President Trump may have summed it up when he said, “Kashmir … Continue reading

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Dear Dr. Shalini Sharma

Dear Dr. Shalini Sharma, Your article ‘Hindutva and historical revisionism’ has been described as an “excellent piece” by Dr. Priyamvada Gopal, Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature at Cambridge University. Journalist and historian, Andrew Whitehead, praised it as an “important … Continue reading

Posted in caste, caste system, Christianity, colonial conciousness, Dunkin Jalki, Edward Said, Gurminder Bhambra, Hindus, India, Orientalism, post-colonialism, S.N. Balagangadhara, Shalini Sharma, Western culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

What’s caste got to do with it? Deception and the law on caste discrimination

In their relentless pursuit, it is striking how little the protagonists promoting legal reform against caste discrimination in the UK care for truth or rigour of argument. This extends to those working in the legal domain including parliamentarians who pass … Continue reading

Posted in Britain, caste, caste discrimination, caste system, Christianity, conversion, dalits, descent discrimination, employment, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Equality Act 2010, Equality and Human Rights Commission, ethnic origins discrimination, European culture, evangelism, Hindus, inculturation, India | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

Why the British government should repeal the caste provision in the Equality Act 2010

ACLC Update, July 2015, on the implementation of the caste provision in section 9 of the Equality Act 2010 The ACLC (Anti Caste Legislation Committee) was brought together as a group of organisations and individuals to fight against the provision … Continue reading

Posted in anti-discrimination law, caste, caste discrimination, caste system, charities, Christianity, conversion, dalits, descent discrimination, employment, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Equality Act 2010, Equality and Human Rights Commission, ethnic minorities, evangelism, Hindus, India, Indian law, Jains | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hindus and their vested interests: Caste and the National Secular Society

On 21 December 2014, the Sunday Times newspaper printed an article by the title “Cameron ‘blocks ban on caste bias’”. The article cites unnamed senior Whitehall sources who say that David Cameron has blocked a proposal to extend the discrimination … Continue reading

Posted in anti-discrimination law, Britain, caste, Christianity, conversion, dalits, discrimination, Equality Act 2010, Hindus, India, Jakob de Roover, Martin Farek, Orientalism, proselytism, religious conflict, religious minorities, S.N. Balagangadhara, Western culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Intellectuals and the Indian traditions

Indian traditions are not infrequently called into question, critiqued, stereotyped, suppressed and negatively affected in many other ways. In fact, one may say that it is a general part of the experience of someone who follows the Indian traditions. The … Continue reading

Posted in academic freedom, Aryan immigration, Brahmanism, Britain, caste, caste system, Christendom, colonial conciousness, conversion, dalits, Edward Said, Equality Act 2010, European culture, Hindus, intellectuals, Islam, Islamic colonialism, Narendra Modi, Orientalism, S.N. Balagangadhara | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is caste already part of UK equality law?

This comment summarizes and offers some reflections on the case of Chandhok & Anor v Tirkey (Race Discrimination) [2014] UKEAT 0190_14_1912, decided on 19 December 2014. It is an early Christmas present for the Indian communities in Britain since it … Continue reading

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Call out the Christian churches on the caste system

A Question for Short Debate (QSD) on poverty and caste discrimination in India has been scheduled for Wednesday 26 November in the British House of Lords. Lord Harries, a former Anglican Bishop and currently a Fellow and an Honorary Professor … Continue reading

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UK caste discrimination legislation: Implications for business and employers

The Equality Act 2010 creates a potential new ground of legal action for discrimination on grounds of ‘caste’. Section 9(5) of the Equality Act provides the power to make a statutory instrument for caste to be “an aspect of race”. … Continue reading

Posted in Britain, caste, Christianity, cultural diversity, diasporas, discrimination, employment, Equality Act 2010, ethnic minorities, Hindus, India, Islam, minorities, multiculturalism, Muslims, religion, religious minorities, Sikh, Sikhism, Sikhs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Response to two Reports on Caste by the Equality and Human Rights Commission

The following text is a response by a number of signatory Indian organisations in Britain to two academic reports commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The Reports, Caste in Britain: Socio-legal Review (Research Report 91) and Caste … Continue reading

Posted in caste, Christianity, colonial conciousness, cultural diversity, diasporas, discrimination, employment, Equality Act 2010, ethnic minorities, Hindus, India, Islam, minorities, Muslims, Orientalism, religion, religious minorities, Roger Ballard, S.N. Balagangadhara | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments