Dalits and Adivasis
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