Category Archives: religious minorities

Can the freedom of religion be a universal human rights idea?

Given the religious, and specifically Protestant, conditions of possibility and conditions of intelligibility of the idea of religious freedom, and the concept cluster to which it belongs, this presentation questions how it could possibly be claimed as a global human … Continue reading

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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

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UK caste discrimination legislation: Implications for Indian community organisations

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

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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

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Toleration: Opportunities and Strains of a Historic European Ideal

Read here: Synergy Magazine of the European Law Students’ Association, No. 56  

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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