Adivasis and Dalits
I had only gone to India for two weeks and I did not understand why some people were
treated one way and others were treated another. Not until I returned to the states did I do some
research and discovered that there is a class of people which are referred to as Dalits, (the
unclean). These people, men, women and children alike do the worst of the jobs, live in the worst
of conditions. While the Adivasis, who are another ethnicity are above the Dalits, and the Hindu
society perpetuate this discrimination.
Here I will show how the Hindu holds the Adivasis above the Dalits and how the Hindu
society discriminates to the extreme against the Dalits people because of their ethnicity. And
how this form of discrimination is not only destroying a people and their culture, but how it is
also hurting India itself.
India has its very beautiful side, the temples and shops, the wonderful places to eat and
visit, these are the places that the tourists see and go. Then there is a side, that is dark and
disturbing, a side tourists do not see, or if they do, it is not understood what is happening. Most
people only see all the good and beauty in India, from the peace, religions, and cultures, and are
in awe over all the beautiful clothing. What most people do not know is that all the different
styles of clothes, tattoos and jewelry are part of how India cultures recognize who is who.
The people of India indentify themselves through various markers. “The major markers
are male dress, female dress, male shawl, female shawl, turban, male headgear, and female
headgear, male and female ornaments, male and female body markings, male and female
tattooing, flag and emblems. Das, N. (2006). These markings represent the person’s religion,
heritage, and family status and are extremely important in showing ones social position.