Dalit Danga

This evening’s sensational news shows are leading with headlines like ”Dalits on Warpath”. The calmer news shows have primly understated headlines — “Unacceptable Hooliganism” and “Dalit Anger Singes India”.

Dalits are the castes in India who are treated the worst — the “lowest” castes. Danga means war. So, it’s class warfare. Today, riots resulted in seven deaths as of this writing, with overturned and burned cars. Violence happened here today in Rajasthan, where we’re staying right now.

But Rajasthan is huge, and where we are staying is quite calm. We passed through some of the rallies today and everyone seemed good-humored.

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