Casteism worse than racial discrimination, says Rahul

August 15th, 2010
DC Correspondent

Gulbarga, Aug. 14: Caste-based discrimination at home is bigger than
the racial discrimination Indians are facing abroad, said the AICC
general-secretary, Mr Rahul Gandhi, during an interactive session with
students in Gulbarga on Saturday.

“It is the problem of every home and we have to focus on our home
first. Do you accept Dalits fully? What about the honour killings in
Haryana and other parts of the country?” he asked a gathering of
over-500 students at SBR College here. He was responding to a query on
recent assaults on Indian students in Australia.

Replying to a girl student who suggested that abolishing reservation
would be the best way to revamp the education system, the Congress
leader said that equal opportunity should be provided to all citizens
irrespective of his or her caste. “In an urban set up, things are very
different. Discrimination is very much a reality,” he said.

On the brain-drain from India he said, “It is good, as it brings large
amounts of foreign exchange and even helps bring new ideas into the
country; even the leader in Mahatma Gandhi was born after his
experiences in South Africa.”

Partly agreeing to the opinion of a student that political corruption
had become the nation’s biggest problem, Mr Gandhi said, “Practising
democratic te-nets by parties will address it and I am all for that.”


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