POLICIES FOR QUALITY OF LIFE
A little under one-sixth of India’s population is made up of Dalits—officially known as a “scheduled caste” and traditionally known as untouchables. In the Hindu caste system, these were the people who performed unclean tasks—butchering, leatherwork, removing feces. Because Hindus thought that the religious pollution attached to these tasks was contagious, Dalits were banned from temples and schools.
India’s independence constitution, which went into effect in 1950, banned discrimination on the basis of caste. Since then, a number of laws and policies have been introduced to improve the Dalits’ situation, and six decades later they are enjoying some of the progress in quality of life that the country of India ...