"by not allowing the caste based discrimination,
you are going against the world opinion, no matter whatever may
be your convoluted logic."
Washington DC Protesters
Dear friends, all over the globe, Greetings from Washington,
D.C. Nation's Capital.
This report is about a very vociferous, high spirited crowd of
people who gathered in front of Indian Embassy here on July
3.About 20-25 gathered from D.D., Maryland, Virginia and
Pennsylvania, including dalits, Muslims, Christians, Hindus,
Afro-Americans, men, women and children to make a statement to
the Indian Government. The group gathered to tell the Indian
government that "by not allowing the caste based
discrimination, you are going against the world opinion, no
matter whatever may be your convoluted logic."
Mr.Isai, Mr. P. D. John who is a spokesperson for the
Federation of Indian American Christian organizations of North
America, honoured us by joining us a press-statement in support
of Dalit issue i.e. the Dalit issue must be discussed at the next
U.N. Conference World Conference against Racism, Xenophobia and
Related Intolerance,in Durban South Africa.
There was a representative from National Council of Churches
of Christ in the U.S.A., Church World Service Washington D.C.
With Bullhorn, slogans were directed to the Indian Embassy,
like "Indian caste system is racism", Indian
Government, Shame!! Shame!!", "Indian Apartheid must
GO", etc. Everybody was in high gear and unparalleled
enthusiasm was clearly obvious
We all went together to the Indian Embassy and submitted a
copy of press release, which had a Memorandum to an Indian
Security officer. Later on I met the Head of the Chancery and
appraised him verbally on our concerns to be transmitted to the
Indian Govt. He was very kind and polite to us. Memoranda were
given to Indian Ambassador Hon. Lalit Man Singh, Prime Minister
Hon. Atal Behari Vajpayee and Hon. President of India
Posted on 2001-07-18