by Allan Wall, US Incorporated, ©2022

(Jun. 12, 2022) — Until recently, the Hindu caste system was not an issue in the United States.

Now, as a result of mass immigration from South Asia, this cultural hierarchy has been imported into our country and we have to deal with it.

The caste system of India and neighboring countries is part of the Hindu religion, although even non-Hindus are included in it.

Castes are social groups, of which there are thousands, and they determine one’s social status, neighborhood, profession, and choice of marriage partner.

At the top of the caste system are the Brahmins, the priests and intellectuals. At the bottom are the Dalits, or “untouchables.”

In 1950, the caste system was prohibited by the Indian constitution. But abolishing a millenary social arrangement is easier said than done. In reality, it still exists.

In 1916, B.R. Ambedkar, the father of India’s constitution and himself a Dalit, wrote: “If Hindus migrate to other regions on earth, Indian caste would become a world problem.”

In a 2020 blog entry, I reported on a California case in which the state sued Cisco Systems Inc., a Silicon Valley tech firm, for “discriminating against an Indian-American employee [a Dalit] and allowing him to be harassed by two managers because he was from a lower Indian caste than them.”

Reuters then reported, “like other large Silicon Valley employers, Cisco’s workforce includes thousands of Indian immigrants, most of whom were born Brahmins or other high castes.”

Most Indians working in the U.S. high tech industry are from upper castes, but there are Dalits working here, also.

In a 2018 poll, 67% of Dalits working in the U.S. said they felt they were “treated unfairly,” and a quarter reported physical assaults.

In the Cisco case, the Dalit victim complained the company wouldn’t do anything about it because the company wouldn’t even recognize caste discrimination as being against the law.

That’s changing.

On January 1st of this year, the huge California State University system, with authority over 23 campuses, formally recognized caste discrimination in its nondiscrimination policy.

But guess what? Some CSU faculty are against this, because they think that simply recognizing caste discrimination could provoke discrimination against South Asian students.

The Hindu American Foundation issued a statement declaring, “We believe that this addition is a misguided overreach without any evidence for its need and that instead of curbing discrimination, it will cause more discrimination by unconstitutionally singling out and targeting Hindu faculty of Indian and South Asian descent.”

Read the rest here.

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  1. That isn’t the only caste system in America!!!!! The political system has become a caste system of its own, with conservatives, especially Christians, being denigrated and discriminated against by the satanists that control the political parties and the Pravda/Goebbels fake news propaganda mechanism!!!!!