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71 Reasons To Be Proud Of India This 71st Republic Day

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[Originally published 2012, updated in 2020] Compiled by our correspondent Avnish Gaurav. Updated by Asmita Sarkar.

What makes a nation, is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past,” said the noted historian Eric Hobsbawm.

Hence, when talking of a nation, it becomes absolutely imperative that the past should also be talked about. And the past of India is fascinating and interesting as it is momentous.


After the entire nation observes and (hopefully) celebrates the 71st year of the Indian Republic, many of us have perhaps forgotten about the importance of the day.

The only thing that remains in our mind now, is the break from the regular work we had. Ironically, Valentine’s Day, New Year’s day, etc. make us feel ecstatic and festive, but Republic Day and other national days do not throw us into a similar festive frenzy. The reason being, there is no business opportunity or glamour associated with our national festivals.

We urge the youth to look at all that India, as a nation, has achieved; be proud and determined to take her to new heights.

As a tribute to our nation, we present 71 facts about our country that we should be proud of. So here it goes:

1. Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. It is the most precise and therefore suitable language for computer software. (A report in Forbes magazine, July 1987).

2. Although modern images & descriptions of India often show poverty, India was one of the richest countries before British rule in India, i.e. during the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by India’s wealth and was looking for a route to India when he discovered America by mistake. India has fed the greed of almost every powerful nation or ruler (that/who looked upon it, during those times) and is poised to be at the top of the world in all aspects.

3. India is the Largest democracy in the world, the 7th largest country in the world and one of the most ancient and living civilizations (at least 10, 000 years old).

4. India has the largest number of biomass gasifier systems in the world producing over 656 mega watts (MW) of power; and still has the potential of producing over 30000 mega watts of power.

5. India was the first country to be accorded the status of a Pioneer Investor in 1987 and was allocated an exclusive area in the central Indian Ocean by the UN for exploration and utilisation of resources.

6. India has the maximum number of post offices in the world!

7. India has separate civil and military nuclear facilities owing to the 123 Agreement with US in 2005.

8. India is the 3rd largest producer of solar photovoltaic cells in the world producing 2.12 MW of power. India is the world’s 4th largest wind power user.

9. India is the 9th largest solar thermal power generating country in terms of million units per sq. m. It will have 20 million solar lights installed by 2022 which will save 1 billion litres of kerosene every year.

10. India is the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization.

11. India never invaded any country in her last 10,000 years of history.

12. IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion in the world scientific community that the pioneer of wireless communication was Prof. Jagdish Bose and not Marconi.

13. India has the second-largest pool of Scientists and Engineers in the World.

14. India is the second-largest English speaking nation in the world.

15. India is the only country other than the USA and Japan, to have built a supercomputer indigenously.

16. Sundar Pichai, an Indian, is the present CEO of Google Inc.

17. On 28 April 2008, a world record was set when India’s Polar rocket successfully placed ten satellites, including the country’s remote sensing satellite, into orbit in a single mission.

18. India is the world’s second-largest producer of small cars.

19. India is the largest newspaper market in the world.

20. Bollywood with about 1000 films every year is the largest centre of film production in the world.

21. India is the largest producer of milk, cashew nuts, coconuts, tea, ginger, turmeric and black pepper, in the world. It also has the world’s largest cattle population (281 million). It is the second largest producer of wheat, rice, sugar, groundnut and inland fish.

22. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act or NREGA, an Indian job guarantee scheme, enacted by legislation on August 25, 2005 is the largest ever – public employment programme visualized in human history.

23. The Mid-day Meal Scheme is the popular name for school meal programme in India, is the largest school lunch programme in the world, covering 12 million children.

24. Board of Control for Cricket in India, or BCCI, is the apex governing body for cricket in India is the richest body in world cricket.

25. The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over 1.6 million people!

26. Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world. (Source: Gemological Institute of America )

27. The World’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.

28.  The gathering of Kumbh Mela of 2011 was so huge that it was visible from space.

29. Varanasi, also known as Benares, was called “the ancient city” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C.E, and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.

30. Jaipur (India) hosts the world’s widest concrete building. It has a reinforced concrete cement (RCC) flat roof with a single span of 119 feet.

31. By volume of pills produced, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is the world’s second-largest after China.

32. ISRO 100 million dollars launching satellites in 2015. It launched 5 UK satellites and is set to launch 9 microsatellites for the US.

33. A mass singalong of 160,000 people in the Indian city of Hyderabad, in Andhra Pradesh, has broken a 72-year-old record for the world’s largest choir.

34. India contributes the largest number of troops for UN Peacekeeping Missions.

35. India born steel czar Lakshmi Mittal and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani figure in the forbes list of “World’s most powerful billionares” who wield staggering authority and influence far beyond their riches.

36. Indian American Prof. Praveen Jain of Queens University is heading the project to make CFL’s more efficient. 

37. The TATA group, State Bank of India and Infosys Technologies are among 17 Indian firms that figure among the top 50 in the list of the world’s 200 most-reputed companies.

38. India’s contribution to scientific research and innovation has been constantly rising since 2000 according to a study. The number of articles published in global science journals by Indians has increased from around 17000 in 2001 to more than 27000 in 2007.

39. India is to be the first international customer of the Boeing P-81 Poseidon variant of the P-8A Poseidon.

40. World’s biggest family lives in India, a man with 39 wives and 94 children.

41. India’s per-person consumption of meat is the lowest in the world.

42. India has a 70% share in the export of spices.

43. Cancer drug Gleevec costs US$ 2500 in India, as opposed to US$ 70,000, because it cant be patented here

44. To ensure timely payment of wages to workers under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), more than two crores worth of saving bank accounts have been opened in banks and post offices across the country. This is the largest number of bank accounts linked to a development programme across the globe.

45. Volunteers in Dungarpur, India planted 600,000 trees in 24 hours under the guidance of Indian Forestry Service which is a world record.

46. Reliance Group of Companies in India has the maximum number of shareholders in the world.

47. State Bank of India has the maximum number of branches in the world.

48. Dr M.C. Modi holds the world record for performing maximum eye operations @ 40 operations per hour.

49. With 1,300.000 active personnel and 1,800,000 reserve ones, the Indian Army is the world’s second-largest army in terms of military personnel, and the 3rd largest in terms of active manpower.

50. The largest reflecting telescope of Asia is in Kavalur Observatory (India). It is an indigenously built 93-inch telescope.

51. Indian currency has braille markings for the blind.

52. India has the second-largest network of paved highways, after the U.S.

53. Nearly 49% of the high-tech start-ups in silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. are owned by Indians or Indian-Americans.

54. India sends more students to U.S. colleges than any country in the world.

55. The name Bharat is derived from the name of the legendary king Bharata in Hindu scriptures.  Bharata conquered all of Greater India, uniting it into a single entity. Bharata’s empire covered all of the Indian subcontinent, Bactria, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgistan, Turkmenistan, and Persia.

57. The Golden Temple provides food to over one lakh people everyday.

58. India was an island 100 million years ago.

59. India has more mosques than any other nation than the world.

60. Indian banks are among top 500 financial brands.

61. According to the Guinness World Records, Mawsynram in Meghalaya is the wettest spot on Earth, on the basis of average annual rainfall.

62. The Indian spacecraft Mangalyaan is the cheapest one in the world to reach Mars.

63. India has the largest tiger population in the world.

64. Half of India’s population is under the age of 25.

65. India is likely to have the world’s largest workforce by 2027, according to a Bloomberg News analysis.

66. The Indian men’s cricket team won the first-ever ICC T20 cricket world cup in 2007.

67. India has the largest written constitution in the world.

68. Rabindranath Tagore was the first Asian to win a Nobel Prize in Literature.

69. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge has been running at a theatre called Maratha Mandir for more than 22 years, since it was released in 1995.

70. Nothing can be more celebratory of a democracy than the government setting up a polling station in the middle of Gir forest, for one voter.

71. A Cricket ground at the height of 2,444 meters, in Chail, is the world’s highest cricket ground situated in India.

So what do you think? Have additions? Does this list make you proud of India? Post your comments below or email us at You can also tweet us at @YouthKiAwaaz.

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  1. Randheer Kumar

    Lot of facts.We should be really proud Indian.But I don’t think any matter of proud if 34 % microsoft employees are Indians.Why not we can stand such company on our own.

  2. Sahiba

    Way 2 go India

  3. Haresh

    Someone can be proud of India for anything but the following:

    “Although prices are the lowest in the world, 70% of the population does not have access to drug therapy and 2002 per capita consumption was only $3.33.”

    Right? 😛

    Nice list otherwise 🙂

  4. Arun Sharma

    Great collection of facts on India! India has really done immense amount of progress since 1991’s opening of economy. We might not realise this fact sitting in India, but while looking at it from outside, you can tell the difference. Anywhere you go, you will feel that people have realised the importance of India in the world ahead. Newspapers in Dubai and Singapore (what I’m familiar with), always carry relevant news articles from India on a daily basis. Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Economist have special coverage for India. I think that’s an achievement in itself when people recognise your importance.
    But at the same time, we should not forget that still, 30 crore of our co-citizens live Below Poverty Line which itself is defined at Rs 300/month/person. So, having 34% employees at Microsoft is meaningless if 33% of Indian population doesn’t have food to eat and clothes to wear. Having highest number of ATMs is of no use if people don’t have money to save.
    I do not mean to downplay the achievements of India. But now it’s high time that we make a call to have an equitable wealth distribution and opportunity distribution across the map.

  5. Akshat Rathi

    Must have been quite an effort collecting all these stats. Good job!

  6. YouthKiAwaaz

    Hi guys,

    Let’s calm down the situation a bit. Firstly, this post was to spread positivity around.

    Secondly @Debojit: solutions are found within oneself. When a ‘naked soul’ as said, sleeps on crowded pavements, with ‘empty stomach’, do not console him. Get in touch with the local MP or MLA, if he does not respond then get in touch with a local rehabilitation NGO.

    If you feel that these steps won’t help then why not file a PIL? That could certainly help. Even if this does not help then why not take the initiative to make things better for them on your own? Start an NGO, or join one. Want us to mail you a few contacts of good NGOs?

    There are solutions for every problem. The above solution is not a high-fi solution which cannot be achieved. If things wont be sorted out, they will at least be stirred up.

    We all must be grateful that the situation is not out of hand, but we must realize that just by saying “iss desh ka kuch nahi ho sakta”, you can do nothing.

    Speak up, voice yourself, take the initiative. This is what you can do.

  7. YouthKiAwaaz

    True, must have taken a lot of time.

  8. Debojit Dutta

    with due respect to all the facts and saluting my nation. I want to bring to fore some hidden realities within these.

    41. India born steel czar Lakshmi Mittal and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani figure in the forbes list of “World’s most powerful billionares” who wield staggering authority and influence far beyond their riches.

    staggering number of farmers still commit suicide and others are starved to death.
    With the growing number of select few, on the forbe’s list; grows more number of slums, more impoverished kids and more inequalities.

    56. Dr M.C. Modi holds the world record for performing maximum eye operations @ 40 operations per hour.

    A certain Narendra Modi, might hold the record for maximum no. of mass killings @_people per hour. 😛

    57. 3. India is the Largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest country in the world AND one of the most ancient and living civilizations (at least 10, 000 years old).

    We have the largest population, which is scaling new heights.

    33. Indians abroad

    * 38% of Doctors in America are Indians.

    * 12% of Scientists in America are Indians.

    * 36% of NASA employees are Indians.

    * 34% of Microsoft employees are Indians.

    * 28% of IBM employees are Indians.

    * 17% of Intel employees are Indians.

    * 13% of Xerox employees are Indians.

    Indication of brain drain.

    and we are the most corrupt nation, still going strong with phalanx of chauvinist politicians lining up

  9. YouthKiAwaaz

    You can quote a million wrong things about India. But please be proud of whatever we have and we are achieving.

  10. Debojit Dutta

    I am and will always be proud of my country. But I feel it is our duty, being ‘Indians’ to bring forward the problems that we are suffering from. When our country can been converted into a bedlam, and politicians keep on raping our nation. What do we do? apart from commenting and posting?

    1. Rs. 31 crore has already been spent on Amir Kasab, when there are people who do not earn a daily allowance of rs. 31 – what do we do against that?

    2. The same NSG commandos who saved Mumbai and have participated in similar vigils throughout their careers lie in tatters under near the India Gate, like slum dwellers – what do we do?

    3. Everyday my country is torn into pieces, on the basis of caste, creed, languages, religions and so on – what do we do?

    4. In ‘my country’, when i step out of closed corridors, i hesitate saying, “I will be back” – Is it the fault of our fellow Indians who get killed in the political mud-fight?

    **JAI HIND**

    1. Indu

      Its Ajmal Kasab

  11. Haresh

    I beg to differ. I don’t subscribe to the belief that we *should* be proud of our country no matter how she it 🙂

  12. YouthKiAwaaz

    Alright guys, I know India is suffering from a lot of ills. But please try to understand that optimism is what we need.

    There might be terrorism, there might be a million other problems. We all have got together at this forum to “be the change”. How can someone be the change if he/she does not believe that things can really change?

    As far as the million questions are concerned, true, agreed. But why can we not have a positive lookout for once? This post is not about problems, it is about facts we should be proud of. If you are not then its perfectly fine, but that does not mean that we start cribbing about the 100 other problems. We have been discussing problems here for quite some time and will continue to do so until we reach a better India

  13. Debojit Dutta

    Agreed, and as i said, I am a proud ‘INDIAN’ above anything else.

    But without any relevance to this topic, my question is, ‘How do we move towards a better India?’

    I want to get rid of this armchair adventure and actively participate in curing the ills. What can I do?

  14. Arun Sharma

    Hi friends, I think we all have our reservations about India’s growth and the ill-effects of the same. Infact, I pointed out in my earlier reply to this post that there are certain factors about India that we are not so proud of and that need to be taken care of.
    But does that mean that we start criticizing the achievements as well? I don’t know about others, but seeing Lakshmi Mittal and Ambanis in the Forbes list makes me happier and feel proud that we have finally made our presence felt. Yes, there are many naked souls and empty stomachs in India, but does that mean that we shouldn’t have rich people then? In that case, we should have Communism as the form of governance rather than Socialist Democracy.
    There’s no “BEST SYSTEM” available in the world. Even on a personal level, should I be happy that with fact that I got placed with a Big Company or always be sad about the fact that I couldn’t make it to the previous companies? It’s the process of evolution that India is going through and we have already started improving and hence these facts.
    If you really want to analyse the performance of India, compare the suicide number that you quoted with the past numbers. Maybe that gives you a better indication.
    Secondly, talking about Brain Drain, let me clarify one thing. IBM is about to become the biggest IT player in India, followed by Accenture- both foreign companies. Infact, India will be the largest employment hub for IBM in the world, followed by US and then Japan. AND, the jobs will be based in India and not US or somewhere else. Plus, in today’s global world, concepts like Brain Drain are all meaningless. You work in the Global Village and I’m happy to see that Indians are present everywhere in influential positions. For the record, oversees Indians from just Gulf countries had foreign remittances of over $10 bn in 2007 in India. I think that puts things in perspective.
    So, rather than cribbing about the poor state that we are in, let’s try to feel good about our achievements and take them further down to the lowest strata popularly called Bottom of Pyramid, these days.

  15. YouthKiAwaaz

    Thanks Arun!

  16. Debojit Dutta

    My queries were totally different from your answer and your article.

    I asked- What can we do to bring the change?
    or Is it that we can rest on these laurels forever?

    when a ‘naked soul’ as said,
    sleeps on crowded pavements, with ’empty stomach’. Should we console them saying Ambani and Mittal(if they ever heard the names) are on Forbe’s list and then explain to them what that is. Their hunger would be gone forever.

    I want to know what role we youth can play and how? How to fight against the system? How to make our voices heard in Fortissimo?

  17. Arun Sharma

    So, will sitting with those people and abusing these millionaires and billionaires solve the problem???

  18. Arun Sharma

    Sorry, if that felt too aggressive or arrogant. 🙂

  19. rosy


  20. Haresh

    Well said, Rosy 🙂

    Miles to go.

  21. Debojit Dutta

    okay, chill , it is just that our opinions differ.
    I liked the idea of P.I.L, M.L.A thing is not going to work.
    I saw a similar P.I.L being filed against the proposed shivaji statue which would have costed about 300 crore bucks, i guess.
    Next time, we feel strongly for a thing, lets make our presence felt.

    and Yes, I would prefer sitting with the quoted ‘naked soul’:p. The bliss that their smiles bring to your heart cannot to measured by any currency or any human achievement. But again, that is what i feel. No personal grudges and no more debates. 🙂

  22. YouthKiAwaaz

    Haha, at the end of the day we all want to bring about a change, so let’s do it. Are we up for it?

  23. Debojit Dutta

    Yeah, feel free to ask for my signature on that P.I.L :p lol !
    yes, i will step up. 🙂

  24. YouthKiAwaaz

    🙂 great

  25. Mohit Kumar Jolly

    “Koi bhi desh perfect nahi hota, use perfect banana padta hai”..More of us are aware about the problems/challenges that our country faces, but less of us being aware about the things listed here, and to bring about a change, the first thing you need is awareness. Let us join hands and extend this list by converting *our* present shortcomings into *our* future achievements.

  26. Haresh

    Well said Mohit. Liked the *our* part of it.

    We need to have a sense of belonging with India. Many people seem to show superfluous patriotism but in real lack this sense of belonging 🙂

    India is ours. We are India. We are the future of India 😀

    And in a way, India’s future is our future 🙂

  27. YouthKiAwaaz

    Mera Youth Mahaan 🙂

  28. rosy


  29. Archit

    Kindly check for the accuracy of data. There are many blunders in information posted in this article. Example:
    3. India is not the 6th largest, but the 7th largest country in the world area wise. (Russia, Canada, China, US, Brazil, Australia, India..)

    1. MG

      it is the largest….

  30. Archit

    Point 19. India is NOT the largest, but the second largest English-speaking country in the world. (US being first)
    Still, good work guys but at least kindly have a complete transparency while posting information.

  31. YouthKiAwaaz

    Thanks Archit. 🙂 The corrections have been made. Apologise for the info posted in a rush 🙂

  32. Haresh

    I also doubt the veracity of info provided in point #33. Have you verified everything before posting?

  33. Abel

    I liked the article very much. Avoiding some minor mistakes, India is represented very well by the Author. Avoiding the poverty part, or either i would say the under developing country India, is rising up in all the sense from maintaining longer relations between husband-wife to till technology.

  34. kalpana

    my country is always great

  35. Sajith

    I am proud be an INDIAN,


  36. INDIAN

    all these facts are true and i am definitely proud to be an indian!!!:-)
    But still many children of NRI’s come to India and dont feel this pride within themselves. they look down upon india and don’t even have any respect for their and our motherland . we really need to put forward these facts infront of them
    JAI HIND !!!

  37. Himanksetia

    proud to be an indian!!!!
    chak de india.

  38. Nisha Singh

    Mother India. My mother India it is a Nation which has Varieties of
    everything . Indian culture or Indian food India has a vast index of these. I am
    proud to be an Indian for many reasons the list is endless but some of
    the points that I really like and feel proud of are-

    – Indian culture

    Indian culture treats guests as god and serves them and takes care of
    them as if they are a part and parcel of the family itself. Even though
    we don’t have anything to eat, the guests are never left hungry and are
    always looked after by the members of the family. Elders and the respect
    for elders is a major component in Indian culture. Elders are the
    driving force for any family and hence the love and respect for elders
    comes from within and is not artificial. An individual takes blessings
    from his elders by touching their feet. Elders drill and pass on the
    Indian culture within us as we grow.

    – Traditional yet Contemporary culture

    The Indian culture has never been rigid and that’s why it’s surviving with pride in
    the modern era. It timely imbibes the qualities of various other
    cultures and comes out as a contemporary and acceptable tradition. That
    is what unique about the Indian moves on with the time

    Way of Greeting

    “Namaste”, for an Indian it’s a way common way of greeting outsiders and
    elders. Both palms placed together and raised below the face not only
    show the respect for others but it also makes you feel the affection in
    the greeting. It is for sure that no ‘hello’ or ‘hi’ can create that

    Flower Garlands

    Indian people are also famous for welcoming with flower garlands. In the
    Indian marriages the exchange of garlands between bride and groom is a
    ritual in itself. People also offer flower garlands to gods and
    goddesses during their prayers.

  39. rainbowface

    nice facts they are very useful for my project

  40. shashi kumar

    a good one collection. like it much.


    excellent job………………my india, my nation, my pride.

  42. Rohit Kumar Gupta

    First I would like to thanks to the owner of this article to publish this here. No doubts some facts I came to know from here about India and why I should proud of being an Indian. Perfect article.

    Now, we should also move of making it more better. For that we should concentrate on what is going wrong. And I am agree with @Debojit Dutta comments/statements.

    The only solution what I feel is the power of the YOUTH. Only well educated youth can change the system. And if I am not wrong, the process is already started. Because the corruption in India is very big, from the very low level to very high level, it will take time to come out of this. Only the moral character of the YOUTH can change this.

    What all think about this? Please do reply.

  43. joshi

    guys wake up, if u have the GUTS read as far as possible , if u reach till the end , u will feel proud .PLEASE DO SOMETHING.. TAKE A STEP .
    PLEASE. This is just a tip of the iceberg

    October 13, 2011
    Dalits face boycott for refusal to beat drums (Express News Service)

    “Dalit families in Kasuvanahalli village of Nagamangala taluk who demanded money to beat drums during the Ganesha idol immersion have been socially boycotted. Upper caste members had approached two Dalits, Shivaraj and Seetharam, to play drums during the Ganesha idol immersion procession.
    “When they demanded Rs150 per person as wages, they were summoned near Mayamma temple by the village headmen and abused. When they further refused to play the drums, village headman Mudde Gowda, Parigowda and others abused their caste. They were forced to fetch water from a borewell were cattle are fed.
    “The Dalit families were denied entry into the village. In fact, Dalit women have been removed from the self-help groups and humiliated constantly.
    “As there was no electricity, the Dalit women had to collect water from a tank only to be threatened by upper caste youths that they would be paraded in nude.
    “Meanwhile, MLA Suresh Gowda, who hails from Kasuvanahalli, held a meeting with the two groups and appealed to them to bury their differences. Shivaraj and Mayanna lodged a complaint with Nagamanagala town police station, charging that they fear for their lives and property.”
    See also:

    ‘Rebel’ Dalits ostracised in Mandya (Deccan Herald, October 11, 2011)

    Posted at 11:52 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), social boycott, untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    October 11, 2011
    Barber cuts dalit’s nose in Mandya (Times of India)

    “A barber and his father allegedly severed the nose of a dalit when he went to them for a shave in Kirugavalu of Malavalli taluk on Sunday.
    “Police said Chikkamanchaiah, 51, requested Mahadev and his father Mariyayya to shave his beard. The duo not only refused to do it, but also asked him to leave the shop. A quarrel ensued, and Mariyayya grabbed Chikkamanchaiah’s hands and Mahadev chopped off his nose. He was rushed to the district hospital where doctors reattached the nose.
    “Chikkamanchaiah said poor dalits in the village are not allowed to enter shops. According to him, only rich and powerful dalits have access to barber shops. He requested police and the district administration to act against the culprits and put an end to untouchability.”
    Posted at 11:37 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    October 03, 2011
    COMMENT ON A REFERENCE TO CASTE in William Dalrymple’s “Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India”
    “One of Dalrymple’s strengths is his refusal to render judgment, but when it comes to the question of caste, he throws in the towel. In a section about a sacred dance form called theyyam, he tells us that the performers who take on the aspect of the gods are ‘the shunned and insulted Dalits.’ When the performers remove their costumes, he tells us, they’re no longer treated like gods but, once again, like untouchables:‘In the presence of persons of the upper castes,’ he writes, ‘Dalits are still expected to bow their heads and stand at a respectful distance.’”
    –Miranda Kennedy (NPR)

    Posted at 11:14 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    September 23, 2011
    Dalit family thrashed for touching non-dalit’s feet (The Himalayan Times)

    “Members of a dalit family at Kalyanpur VDC-7 have been mercilessly roughed up after a daughter of the family happened to touch the feet of an upper caste woman. […]
    “Roji complained that Narayan Khadka, Yasoda Khadka, Bikas Khadka, Deepak Khadka and Bishnu Maya Khadka Rimal barged into her home and thrashed the family members. […]
    “The unruly group attacked Roji’s family after Sujana Pariyar inadvertently touched the feet of Bishnu Maya while boarding on a bus. Sujana is a tenth grader at Ajingare higher secondary school, Kalyanpur.”
    Posted at 04:46 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), Nepal, untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    September 10, 2011
    2-tumbler system in a new avatar in Pollachi (Express News Service)

    “The scenic environs of Pollachi-Coimbatore’s most well-known tourist destination may welcome outsiders with open arms, but when it comes to treating their own Dalit villagers, tea stall owners here follow the socially abhorrent practice of the two-tumbler system.[…]
    “In many stalls, tea is served in disposable plastic cups to Dalit villagers, whereas for customers belonging to the so-called upper castes, it is served in a glass. Worse, tea shops in villages such as Guruvekoundenpalayam, Kappilipalayam and Mettuvavi, have come up with an innovative two-tumbler system to deceive authorities in case of a surprise inspection.
    “‘At the tea stalls in these villages, separate tumblers for Dalits are identified by dots marked in green or yellow at the bottom. In some cases, there is a cut mark on the top edge of the tumbler for Dalits,’ alleged K Marimuthu, president, Makkal Viduthalai Munnani, a local outfit which fights for the rights of Dalits.
    “Tea shop owners, however, are hesitant to admit that Dalit customers were discriminated against and claim that they do not have separate tumblers for the caste Hindus. But a visit to most tea stalls proved otherwise.

    “While elders belonging to the oppressed sections have accepted the practice, presumably out of fear for caste Hindus, Dalit youth have begun to assert themselves against the practice.”

    Posted at 10:19 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    June 14, 2011
    TN dalit boy thrashed for fetching water from public tap
    (Times of India)

    “Caste Hindus of a nondescript village on the outskirts of Coimbatore allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old dalit boy on Sunday for attempting to fetch drinking water from a public tap in the area.
    “The boy, A Vasanthakumar, is now recovering at a government hospital in Annur, about 25 km away from Coimbatore. A Class X student, Vasanthakumar belongs to the dalit Chakkiliya community. He resides at Nallichetty Palayam, a dalit hamlet outside Annur town. The area is reeling under extreme water scarcity.
    “As per the complaint lodged with the police, Vasanthakumar on late Sunday evening went on his bicycle with empty pots to Karikkilipalayam, about 4km away from his home, to fetch water. Dominated by Kongu Chettiyars, classified as a most backward caste, Karikkilipalayam is blessed with round the clock water supply as a pipeline of the Pillur water scheme passes through it. He reached a public tap located at around 9 pm and started collecting water. Three women of the Chettiyar community, who had come to the tap, started abusing him using caste names. When he protested, they beat him up. The women told him that they would not allow any untouchable to fetch water. A local butcher named P Damodaran Chettiyar also roughed him up.
    “Vasanthakumar, who sustained injuries in the attack, was admitted to Annur hospital. His father Anandan, a coolie, said dalits were prevented from cutting hair at saloons in the locality and prevented from using mobile phones outside their huts.”
    Posted at 08:51 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    June 11, 2011
    Untouchability wall sparks tension in TN village (Express News Service)

    “An Uthapuram-like situation is developing in a small village at Srivilliputhur in Virudhunagar district following the construction of an ‘untouchability wall’ by a dominant community there in the aftermath of violent caste clashes that rocked the hamlet on May 15.
    “Strongly segregated in terms of caste, W Pudupatti, near Sivakasi, has seen conflict and tension between the Naidus, Saliyars, Pallars and Paraiyars since the 1960s. The series of clashes, the latest between the Pallars (backward Hindus), numbering about 500 families, and Paraiyars, comprising 300 Dalit Christian families, was the result of a ‘hidden apartheid’ prevailing in the village, rights activists have alleged.
    “Signs of the confrontation were visible in the Dalit settlement, which bore the brunt of the attacks, even after a fortnight. The clash reportedly broke out when a Dalit youth Jayaram Anthony (24) went to buy a mirror from a shop near a Pallar street and was threatened and beaten up by two Pallar youth. […]
    “Claiming that the State machinery was siding with the higher-caste groups, the villagers said after the incident, a wall, segregating the higher caste Saliyars and the Dalit quarters, was constructed under the supervision of the district SP and tahsildar. Official line: The new wall marked the boundary of a Saliyar-run school.
    “Describing the structure as an ‘untouchability wall,’ the Dalits, however, said they had been using the path for several years without causing inconvenience or obstruction to anybody. They alleged that the real purpose behind the sudden construction of the structure was to cut off the main escape route for the Dalit men in the event of caste clashes, which have become an annual feature.
    “A life lived in perpetual fear, the status of Dalits in W Pudupatti reflects the general pattern—discrimination and abuse at the hands of higher-caste groups. Denied access to land, they roll cracker sticks for their livelihood. […]
    “Nevertheless, academic forte appears to be the silver lining as well as the sore point. A Jayakumar (28), a B Ed graduate, said the higher-caste groups could not digest the development of the community through education.
    “It has also inculcated in them a deep awareness of their rights and intolerance to oppression.”

    Posted at 09:13 PM in atrocities (untouchable lynchings), caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    May 03, 2011
    A village where dalits can’t wear footwear or ride bikes (Times of India)

    “When G Thangapandian (27), a dalit youth, decided to challenge the caste diktat that dalits should not ride motorcycles on Kaliamman Street, it ended in a brutal attack on his house by a mob of over 500 persons, including women armed with broomsticks.
    “‘If I am alive now it is because of this grill gate,’ pointed out G Murugan, Thangapandian’s brother. The gate was damaged in several places. ‘The mob tried to break open the gate with boulders, but left later on Saturday night,’ said Murugan, fear still evident on his face.
    “The dalits, overwhelmed by the sheer numbers and economic status of the more influential Thevars, obeyed the diktats: they did not wear footwear and they did not ride bicycles or motorcycles on Kaliamman Street. ‘We are served tea in different tumblers and we are not entertained in the barber shops in the village,’ said Murugan’s father Guru.
    “The village has been a witness to the worst forms of caste discrimination, as even schools have become a platform for such practices. ‘My non-dalit classmates would demand that I address them as Ayya [sir]. If I call them by their names they would abuse me with filthy words and threaten me,’ said M Palani, who just completed his Plus-Two in the higher secondary school in the village.”
    See also:

    Dalit thrashed for riding bike in ‘upper caste’ lane (Mumbai Mirror, May 4, 2011)

    And see:

    Untouchability taking new forms, says study (Deccan Chronicle, May 5, 2011):

    “A survey conducted by Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) in 22 districts has revealed the prevalence of 86 forms of untouchability in the state’s villages.
    “Dalits are not even allowed to use ringtones of movie songs. ‘A dalit in Coimbatore was beaten by caste Hindus for using MGR movie song Naan Aanaittal Adhu Nadanthu Vittaal as his ringtone,’ TNUEF convenor P. Sampath said.
    “The discrimination against dalits even exists in matrimonial websites. ‘We have come across entries made by upper caste persons stating that dalits need not apply,’ he said.
    “In the survey, Mr Sampath said they come across the practice of dalits being prevented from walking on the public road wearing slippers, riding bicycles, wearing dhotis folded or polyester dhotis, wearing towels on their shoulder, wearing cloth headgear, sporting thin line moustaches and getting clothes washed or ironed.”
    And see further anti-caste: OVER 80 FORMS OF UNTOUCHABILITY FOUND IN PRACTICE IN TAMIL NADU (June 12, 2010)

    Posted at 11:16 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    April 25, 2011
    Dalit kids: “Untouchables” and uneducated too (Times of India)

    “Dalit children at a school in Jagatsinghpur district do not know where they went wrong with their studies because teachers refused to check their notebooks. ‘Ame achuta (We are considered untouchables). The teachers refuse to touch our books and our homework is never corrected,’ said Bijaya Mallick, a student of Class IV at the school at Keutapala in Balikuda block. ‘If we even touch our teachers by mistake, they scold us for polluting them,’ he added.
    “The 40 odd Dalit students in the school were allegedly singled out and made to clean classrooms and toilets. ‘I clean toilets at school,’ said Samir Mallick, a Class V student. He looked puzzled when asked why he agreed to do so. ‘The teachers tell me to do it,’ the 11-year-old boy said. ‘We are not even allowed to take water from the drinking pot at school,’ he added.
    “Several students and their parents complained that they were victims of caste discrimination by the school staff since long. The final straw, however, was when teachers refused to serve mid-day meals to the children. This prompted incensed parents not to send their wards to school for the past one week.”
    See also:

    Dalit school children prevented to take mid-day meal with upper-caste students (OrissaDiary, May 2, 2011)


    Posted at 05:49 PM in caste, children, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    April 07, 2011
    Retired dalit officer’s room “cleansed” using cowdung water (PTI)

    “In a shocking incident, the office room and furniture used by a senior government official belonging to a scheduled caste community here were ‘cleansed’ by sprinkling cowdung water, allegedly by some employees shortly after his retirement from service. A K Ramakrishnan, who retired as Inspector General of Registration on March 31, has moved the State Human Rights Commission seeking an inquiry into the incident. He said in the complaint that he had reliable information that some employees in the office sprinkled ‘cowdung water’ over the tables, chairs and even inside the office car used by him while in service. He said he believed that the ‘cleansing’ was performed as he belonged to an SC community and it amounted to violation of his human rights and civil liberties. […]
    “Asked about the incident, Ramakrishnan said he would vigorously pursue the case as he considered it as an insult to the socially depressed class. ‘I take this not just as a personal insult. This is a humiliation heaped on the socially depressed classes as a whole. If this is the experience of a person who had held the topmost post in a government department, what would be the situation of ordinary people belonging to the lower rungs of social strata?’ Ramakrishnan told PTI. ‘All these five years when I worked as IG of Registration I had bitter experiences. But I have suffered them without getting worked up. But what has happened even after my retirement is really painful,’ he said.”
    Posted at 03:56 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (1)

    March 20, 2011
    ‘Caste’ Hindus boycott Dalits in Hosapura (The Hindu)

    “The scourge of untouchability has raised its ugly head in Hosapura village of Malavalli taluk, Mandya district, where a group of ‘caste’ Hindus allegedly created ruckus over the appointment of a Dalit as a valve-man.
    “The incident took place early last week and threatened to split the community on caste lines. Police have arrested three persons in this connection but this served only to escalate the tension as ‘caste’ Hindus questioned the ‘temerity’ of the Dalits to lodge a police complaint against them.
    “Sources said the genesis of the tension could be traced to the decision of the Gram Panchayat Secretary Siddaraju, who appointed Venkatesh, a Dalit, as the valve-man to release water to the village. When a group of persons saw Venkatesh releasing water, they raised a hue and cry on the ‘propriety’ of using the water released by a ‘Dalit valve-man,’ said sources.
    “As a result, tension built up in the village and a section of the aggrieved community lodged a police complaint, following which three persons, identified as Shivu, Basavaraj and Prakash were arrested and later released on bail. Irked by the ‘audacity’ of the Dalit community, they have been allegedly boycotted by people from other communities, sources said.
    “However, Shivaramu, Social Welfare Officer of Mandya told The Hindu that he had visited the village and inquired into the incident which presented a different picture.
    “He said the village community had strong political affiliations and was split along party lines. ‘It transpired that the appointment of a Dalit was not the issue. The warring groups wanted one of their confidantes to be given the job of the valve-man. However, a few outside elements gave a caste twist to the appointment of Mr. Venkatesh, which led to tension following which three persons were arrested and later released on bail,’ Mr. Shivaramu said.
    “‘I visited the village twice after the incident was reported and the allegations of Dalits being denied work in agricultural farms was false. Landlords and landless labourers are mutually dependent and one could not do without the other,’ he added. Mr. Shivaramu said the situation was now under control and the district administration has ensured supply of groceries and other essential commodities to the Dalit colony.”
    Posted at 09:23 PM in atrocities (untouchable lynchings), caste, dalits (untouchables), labor and caste, untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    February 02, 2011
    Dalit woman attacked over burial ground dispute dies (The Hindu)

    “The dispute over access to burial ground was on for quite sometime in the village and on December 22, 2010, the caste Hindus of the village had organised a meeting which was presided over by the panchayat president, in which, Revenue Inspector Kodangipatty, Inspector of Police Palani Chetti Patty and Sub-Inspector of Police Veerapandi participated. In the meeting, it was decided that the Dalits should not use the common burial ground and even if there was a dispute they should refer it only to the revenue authorities and police and decide on the place of burial.
    “Meanwhile, on January 2, when an elderly Dalit person died, the Dalits of the village decided to bury him in the common burial ground meant for Hindus, but the dominant castes objected to this and attacked them. The Dalits staged a protest, following which the government authorities organised a peace meeting. However, the dominant caste members did not allow the Dalits to bury the deceased in the common burial ground. The body had to be buried in Dalits’own land.
    “Tension between the Dalits and caste Hindus had been brewing for sometime and on January 27 a group of caste Hindus attacked Chinnayi [a 55-year-old-Dalit woman] by hurling petrol bombs, in which she suffered injuries [and died]. Raja (35), son of Chinnayi, lodged a complaint with the Veerapandi police who registered cases against Rasu Thevar, Damodaran, Markandan Singam and Dhanasekaran under Sections 147, 148, 436, 307 of IPC and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 3(1)(10), 3(2)(5) and [they] were arrested.”
    Posted at 02:18 AM in atrocities (untouchable lynchings), caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    January 17, 2011

    View this movie at

    Director: Amit Kumar | Producer: Video Volunteers Produced In: 2010 Synopsis: In the state of Haryana, Dalit communities (including the correspondent filming this video) are forbidden to enter temples. In Barot village, the temple allows only the villagers who belong to upper castes to worship, though most of the villagers belong to the Dalit community. The Constitution of India ensures equal rights for all citizens. This includes the right to “opt, embrace and practice any religion.” However, in Barot the Dalits have always been denied this right. They have been treated as “dirty” and asked by both the upper caste and the temple priest to keep away from the temple. Amit says that though the older generation have accepted this denial of rights as fate, youth in his community are angry about being treated as untouchables. Amit shot this video to share with viewers the humiliation he is made to feel every day for being a “Dalit youth.”
    Posted at 12:50 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (1)

    November 03, 2010
    Urban rules of untouchability by Nisary Mahesh and Asha Menon (Media Voice (Tamil Nadu))

    There is a polite silence around exclusion based on caste that happens in the cities. We trace the unstated rules through which it operates.
    Rule 1
    A good place to start is the capital city. Here, your house broker will mysteriously become too busy for you if you are a Dalit. […]
    Rule 2
    While looking for a house, be prepared for questions on your caste. […]
    Rule 3
    Neighbourhoods can be very choosy. […]
    Rule 4
    Common pathways are not open to all. […]
    Rule 5
    It is best not to assert your Dalit identity. […]
    Rule 6
    There are separate benches for different castes, even in reputed educational institutes. […]
    Rule 7
    City planning officials will have no qualms about exploiting the caste divide in slums, often to the detriment of backward castes. […]
    Rule 8
    You may not be good enough to sit next to foreign clients or for a flight ticket. […]
    Rule 9
    The definition of ‘merit’ at work will not be inclusive. […]
    Rule 10
    You can be under tremendous pressure to perform, to prove yourself worthy of the ‘benefits’ given by the government. […]
    Rule 11
    Domestic help cannot use the same toilets or same water filters. […]
    Rule 12
    Even the gods will discriminate. […]
    Rule 13
    Pooja rooms are a no-enter zone for domestic help. […]
    Rule 15
    We are all friends till dinnertime. […]
    Rule 16
    Humour is often used to sugar-coat offensive statements and behaviour. […]
    [read more]
    Posted at 11:05 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    September 27, 2010
    The Stink of Savanur by Anand Teltumbde (Countercurrents)

    “On 20 July 2010, some manual scavengers of Savanur, a small town in Haveri district of north Karnataka performed a novel act in protest against their helplessness. They smeared themselves with human excreta in public before the municipal council office. […]
    “The issue was simple, so at least the people in Municipal Council of Savanur thought and ignored it. But it spelt virtual death to Dalits. They were suddenly asked by the Municipal Council to evict the land they lived on for generations just to construct a commercial complex there. The orders in terms of law were illegal but who would contest the authorities. The Dalits kept on pleading but their plea fell on deaf years.On the contrary, to pressure them the Municipal authorities cut off their water connection. Poor Dalits who belonged to the Bhangi sub-caste, would be forbidden to take water from any other source because of their untouchability. Buying it was out of question as they barely subsided on a pittance thrown to them for cleaning dry latrines. What may appear simple to others was thus a death knell for them, which drove them to the desperate act of daubing themselves with human excreta.The sensational act attracted media and thereby swarms of politicians. The ministers came, held meetings, issued orders and at least temporarily saved the Bhangis from devastation. As it happens, the action taken may prove to be mere wash up as suspected by the PUCL (Karnataka) fact finding (preliminary) report on the incident.”
    See also:

    Savanur and Manual Scavengers: Another loud cry for social justice (PUCL report, August 3, 2010 )

    And see:

    anti-caste posts on manual scavenging
    Posted at 11:37 PM in caste, dalits (untouchables), labor and caste, manual scavenging, reports, untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    September 20, 2010
    Prostitutes of god (The Independent (UK))

    Former Independent journalist Sarah Harris has made a documentary about India’s temple prostitutes – Devadasi are young girls who are dedicated to a Hindu deity at a young age and support their families as sex workers.
    The first instalment of the four-part exclusively online documentary “Prostitutes of God” goes live today on
    Harris talked to The Independent Online about making the film:
    “I first went to India after I left The Independent three years ago. I wanted to run away and do something really different, so I went to volunteer with a charity in southern India which rescues victims of sex trafficking.
    “On my very first day there I stumbled into a meeting of Devadasi prostitutes. I was told that they were temple prostitutes, but didn’t have any understanding of what that meant. […]
    “The only thing that has changed since the Devadasi practise was made illegal in 1988 is that the ceremonies have been driven underground. It’s still very common in some parts of India. A Westerner wouldn’t know to look at the girls that they are Devadasi, but Indians know on sight who they are and what they do. Really it comes down to caste. […]
    “Girls from the Madiga caste, otherwise known as the ‘untouchable caste,’ have really limited prospects. They can be agricultural labourers, sewage collectors or prostitutes, essentially. As prostitution is the most lucrative, a lot of Madiga women get into sex work.”

    Posted at 12:10 AM in caste, dalits (untouchables), labor and caste, untouchability, women | Permalink | Comments (0)

    July 08, 2010
    Yet another ‘battle’ waged over Dalit cooks (Times of India)

    “On Thursday, TOI discovered that out of total 135 students, hardly 50 students–mostly Dalits and OBC–were eating the meal that comprised daal, chapati, rice and kheer. The remaining 85 students, mostly Thakurs and Brahmins refused to eat the food or boycotted classes, a practice that started on July 1, 2010, the day the school authorities appointed two new Dalit cooks. There are two upper-caste cooks in the school as well.

    “The upper-caste villagers, who were protesting against the issue, said their children would not eat food prepared by Dalit.

    “Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA), Ramabai Nagar, Sanjay Shukla, who was present at Jasapur primary school on Thursday, told TOI that the matter had been sorted out and food would be prepared by upper-caste cooks only.
    “However, parents were adamant on their stand. ‘Us school mein hum apne bacchon ko nahi padhayenge jahan par “achooton” se khana banwaya jata hai’ (We will not let our wards study in a school where Dalits prepare food, said a villager, Lalla Bhadauriya.”

    See also anti-caste: 300 SCHOOLCHILDREN BOYCOTT “UNCLEAN” LUNCHES (December 15, 2007)

    Posted at 02:59 AM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)
    Society lacks heart for untouchables (The Daily Star (Dhaka))

    “The Dalits–the muchis (cobblers), the dhopas, the methors (sweepers) and the napits (barbers)–live a life of social exclusion. Restaurants don’t serve them; those that serve keep separate plates and glasses.
    “‘We are not allowed to even touch any vegetable or chicken or anything for that matter in the market,’ Robi Das explains, as he comes out of the tea stall empty-handed. ‘They say if we touch anything, it is spoilt.’
    “In Jessore, about 5,000 Dalits live in about 50 villages. Throughout the country there are about 55 lakh. They are the low caste Hindus, and the caste system that started in India ages ago–the exact time and how it was introduced is still debatable–keeps the children of the Dalits secluded in schools. Nobody sits next to them. Nobody plays with them. They just live like shadows, as Robi Das does.”
    Posted at 02:53 AM in Bangladesh, caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    July 06, 2010
    Magars ban dalits from using well (Republica (Kathmandu))

    “The ban came following a dispute between the communities after two Mijar kids were thrashed for trying to drink water from the well when Magars were filling water.
    “The well dug by Siraha District Development Committee around 22 years ago is the only means of drinking water for 17 households, including 11 of Magars and two of Halwais, in the Ruwale Tole.
    “The Magars, however, claim they have not banned Mijars from filling water. ‘We have let them use the well at other times. They cannot fill water with us as they are from a lower caste,’ argues Tej Kumari, who thrashed the Mijar kids.
    “Untouchability has been banned by the law since 1963.”
    Posted at 03:07 AM in caste, dalits (untouchables), Nepal, untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    June 12, 2010
    This abridged list, derived from the more comprehensive one compiled by the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front from a survey of 1,845 villages in the state, appeared in the article Untouchability Declassified (Open).

    »Not allowed to speak on the cell phone in the presence of caste Hindus.

    »Not allowed to keep male dogs. (Why? They might breed with female dogs from upper caste neighbourhoods.)

    »Separate work timings under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

    »Refusal to rent houses to Dalits in certain neighbourhoods in urban areas. (Reported in Madurai, Tamil Nadu’s second largest city.)

    »No door delivery by postmen; postal department prevented from hiring Dalit postmen.

    »No access to the common crematorium, burial grounds.

    »Prevented from having their clothes washed or ironed, or assigned separate cupboards at the laundry for clothes of Dalits.

    »Refusal by barbers to cut their hair, or separate chairs for Dalits.

    »Separate ration shops, or queues, or timings for Dalits.

    »Offered tea in coconut shells which they can drink only by squatting on the ground.

    »Prevented from renting private marriage halls, public address systems.

    »Forced to cut out portion of the name that suggests respect (Madaswamy will be called Mada, Muniyaswamy Muniya).

    »Attacked if they call any caste Hindu as annan (brother).

    »Erecting walls (as was seen in Uthappuram) to deny Dalits access to common places.

    »Elderly members of the Dalit community addressed by children of the dominant caste as poda, vada (denoting lack of respect).

    »No access to temples, public streets, public taps (separate timings to collect water), public tanks, temples.

    »Sapparam (temple car) not driven through areas where Dalits reside.

    »Not allowed to participate in pookkuzhi (a ritual of walking on fire) during festivals.

    »Two, in some cases four, tumbler system in tea-shops, one set for Dalits and categories within them, another for caste Hindus.

    »Separate neighbourhoods for Dalits in villages.

    »Preventing the opening of milk dairy near Dalit neighbourhoods.

    »Dalit (Arunthathiyar) students compelled to clean bathrooms in schools.

    »Opposition to hiring Dalit cooks in mid-day meal school kitchens.

    »Engaging Dalits, Arunthathiyars especially, in conservancy work.

    »Dalit workers to bring their own food-plates while others need not.

    »Boycotting meetings held by Dalit Panchayat presidents.

    »Preventing the opening of panchayat office buildings in Dalit areas.


    »Wear shoes or chappals

    »Wear polyester dhotis

    »Ride bicycles or travel in bullock carts

    »Sit under bus shelters at village bus stops

    »Wear a cloth headgear or carry a towel over the shoulder (as is the local practice)

    »Sport a thin moustache

    »Sit on benches in hotels and tea stalls

    »Burst crackers during festivals

    »Rear cattle

    »Sing or speak at village functions or participate in auctions

    »Dine with caste Hindus


    »Offer goats gratis to descendants of past andais (landlords in the feudal age) during festivals

    »Carry dead bodies

    »Work in crematoriums and at burial grounds

    »Sound the parai ( drums)

    »Carry message of death to people of the dominant caste (to be paid only bus fare, food only if offered)


    »Forced to eat faeces.

    »Urinating into the mouth.

    »Murdered if elected as Panchayat President against the wishes of the dominant caste.

    »Sexual assault on Dalit women.

    »Burning alive if a Dalit fights for rights.

    »Setting fire to Dalit huts.

    »Tied to a tree and beaten up.

    »Killing all dogs in a Dalit area if a dog of the Dalit area bites a dog that belongs to an upper caste community.

    »Obstructing the common passage (if won through struggle) with mortar, grindstone and washing utensils there.

    »Killing by poisoning one who inter-marries.

    »Ostracising those Dalits who raise their voice for human rights.

    »Attacking Dalits if they insist on using community halls.

    »Making Dalits prostrate before members of the dominant caste and imposing fines on them.

    »Refusal by the state administration to enforce access to burial grounds.

    »Harassment and brutal attacks on Dalits by the police for fighting for their rights.

    »Dalits driven away by the police for trying to enter temples



    Posted at 03:15 AM in atrocities (untouchable lynchings), caste, dalits (untouchables), reports, untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    May 21, 2010
    New forms of untouchability (Express News Service)

    “‘Other’ chairs in barber shops, bar on wearing polyester dhoties, opposition to rear pedigree pets and postmen not knocking on their doors are some of the new forms of untouchability that SCs in rural Tamil Nadu face, even today.
    “A survey conducted by the CPM-backed Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front over the past seven to eight years has revealed that Dalits living in various parts of the State are subjected to different forms of inhuman discrimination.
    “‘We have identified 80 forms of untouchability, apart from 23 forms of atrocities prevailing in Tamil Nadu,’ P Sampath, State Convener of the Front, told newspersons in Chennai on Thursday.
    “‘Dalits in Aandarkottaram and Thaniamangalam villages falling under Melur Panchayat Union in Madurai district have to go to the post office to collect letters or money orders as postmen won’t step into Dalit colonies.
    “‘Similarly, Schedule Caste people in Velayudhapuram village in Thoothukudi district don’t have the right to rear pedigree dogs.’ Some other unusual practices that figure in the report include disallowing Dalits to ride bicycles and bullock carts, keeping separate almirahs for stacking Dalit clothes at laundries, ban on bursting crackers during temple festivals, refusing permission to watch shows on public panchayat television sets and forcing Arunthathiyar students to clean toilets in schools.
    “Refusal to call Dalits with ‘respectable’ terms in their names is another common practise – in names like Madasamy and Munniyasamy, the ‘samy’ is omitted and they are called Madan or Munni.
    “Some of the cruelties identified are feeding Dalits with human faeces, sexual abuse and foisting of false cases. When the survey was presented to district collectors, they categorically denied existence of any such discrimination.
    “Sampath said, ‘Perhaps, police are hand in glove with dominant communities.’”
    Posted at 11:49 AM in caste, dalits (untouchables), reports, untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    February 27, 2010
    Caste Hindus oppose burial of Dalit convert (The Hindu)

    “The only ten Dalit families of Katripulam [in Tamil Nadu] had converted to Christianity three years ago.
    “However, there has been a samudaya thadai, or community restraint, on commemoration of their religious practices within the village. With the first death in their community, the issue came to the fore.
    “Dalit graveyards have had a chequered trajectory here. All the graveyards on government poramboke lands are common for all, except Dalits. As in life, Dalits are ostracised in their graves and the ‘SC graveyards’ are government-sanctioned euphemisms for such ostracism. […]
    “According to Birla Thangadurai, member of District Committee against Bonded Labour, those families had converted to escape caste oppression. The point is to have them bonded for eternity.”
    Posted at 04:02 PM in caste, Christians, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    January 20, 2010
    Mid-day meal programme sparks caste row (Kalinga Times)

    “In the latest caste-bound conflict, the noon meal was yesterday stopped in a government-run primary school in a remote village under Rajnagar tehsil[, West Bengal] with a section of villagers registering their protest against cooking of mid-day meals by scheduled caste women.
    “The meal was stopped yesterday at Sidha Marichani Primary School in Sanamarichapalli village. A section of Village education committee (VEC) members made their way to school kitchen and forced the Dalits cooks to stop the noon meal. Their argument was that Dalits have no right to cook in the school that accommodates the upper caste children.
    Two Dalits cooks were locked up inside the kitchen for over an hour before the school head master rescued them. […]
    “The village has a population of about 700 people of which nearly one-third are from lower caste origin.
    “As one passes through the backward village with rows of mud-walled and thatched houses, deceptive calm pervades the air. The demographic graph of the village is heavily tilted towards the upper caste. The upper castes, mostly landowners, are economically better off than the Dalits. […]
    “It’s pertinent to note here that the School and Mass Education Department was earlier accused of shutting the ‘kitchen’ doors for Dalit women on the ground that upper caste children may skip the mid-day meals. The government agencies monitoring the scheme in the district had allegedly stopped recruiting the Dalits as cooks.
    “The retrenchment drive of Dalit cooks had triggered a furore with the National Human Rights Commission last year directing the administration to stop the caste-bound and arbitrary practice.”

    Posted at 11:35 AM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (1)

    December 30, 2009
    In an article titled “A battle won” (November 7-20, 2009), Frontline magazine reported that after a month of agitation filled with “unprecedented violence” by caste Hindus, the untouchables of Chettipulam village in Tamil Nadu had been allowed to enter the local Hindu shrine “under tight police protection” on October 27.

    Today The Hindu reports:

    Dalits not being hired for work
    “Two months after the Dalits of Chettipulam were ushered into the Ekambareshwarar temple by the district administration, they are not finding work.
    “The village has placed a Samudaya Kattupadu, or unwritten social control, against engaging Dalit labour, said a police source. Dalits do not find jobs in all seven Kadus (administrative divisions) of Chettipulam.
    “There were attempts to pressurise people from nearby villages to exclude Dalits from labour.
    “‘A Dalit man, who was de-weeding a field, was asked to leave after a Caste Hindu refused to work on the same field,’ says Pushpavalli, a Dalit woman, who was relieved as domestic help.
    “According to a Revenue Department official, the tacit agreement among Caste Hindus is real, though it would never be acknowledged.
    “Dalits have not entered the Ekambareshwarar Temple after October 27, when they were led in by the district administration as the State watched.”

    Posted at 10:51 AM in caste, dalits (untouchables), labor and caste, untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)
    Dalits ‘beaten up’ for touching deity parasol (Express Buzz)
    “The festival of Ayyappan temple in Uthangudi near Madurai is celebrated every year. The chariot bearing the idol of the Lord used to be taken around all streets of the village, except those in the Dalit area, claiming that the ‘untouchables’ were not fit to worship the deity.
    “This year the festival was celebrated on December 26 and the deity was taken in procession. Some people of high caste were holding aloft the decorated umbrella above the idol. One of the men holding the umbrella had asked a Dalit, Pratap (19), to hold the umbrella while he tied his dhoti.
    “When Pratap held the stem of the umbrella, a high caste man had pulled him out, abused and slapped him saying, ‘How dare you defile the sacred umbrella? Have you developed such courage?’. […]
    “[T]hat night about 30 caste Hindus armed with lethal weapons had entered the Dalit colony and broken open the door of Vinothkumar.
    “The mob had dragged Letchumy (21) wife of Arumugam and sister of Vinothkumar, who was pregnant and beaten her with chappals [sandals].
    “She was then pushed into the sewer and kicked.” [The Hindu (December 30) reports that the woman is “undergoing treatment at the Government Rajaji Hospital.”]
    Posted at 10:30 AM in caste, dalits (untouchables), untouchability | Permalink | Comments (0)

    December 07, 2009
    No temple entry for dalits in Gujarat (Times of India)

    “In a first-of-its-kind study on a large scale, representing 98,000 Dalits across 1,655 villages

    1. Vimal

      Good research !!!! But….. But…….

      Does it happen every where in India? Certainly not !

      But why does it happen? Who is responsible? You and me. Right? What Did we do to stop them? Whom are we blaming? Yourself…. Stop blaming. Do your duty to the nation. Then they can be eliminated.

      You expect the government to stop them? Who is the government ? You and me make the government.

      Blame yourself for the negatives and praise yourself for the positives.

      Be proud to be an Indian !


  44. indian

    proud to be an indian!!!

  45. pradeep savalkar

    proud to be an indian…..

    1. Himanshu

      Hi. i am going to start a ngo very soon. I have my plans and ideas to apply. Sofar NGo i have meet seem doing,good work at first sight, but when i examine more and more i find each one serving self interest. Youth ki awaaz can you give me name of ngo’s as you said doing good work? It will be help. Can they be trusted for honesty and transparency?

  46. anuja shukla

    lovely article and this article can change the mind of those persons who are thinking that india is a bad,poor,noisy,populated and disgusting country.
    thankyou very much to dilivered this article here on the google
    and after reading this I double proud to be an INDIAN…………..


    by reading this every man can not should say tht INDIA IS GREAT

  48. Prashanth Reddy

    excellent article . this for all those who see India inferior to others . iam proud to be an indian

  49. Jose Nithi

    Good statistics but need to be updated eg India, which once sent more students to the United States than any other country, continues to flatline. Consider this: As recently as six years ago, China and India each sent about 100,000 students each to the United States. Today the number of Chinese students studying here has nearly doubled, while India’s numbers have dropped by 3,000. -Chronicles,November 12, 2012

  50. Irfan

    great article.

    How could u forget Taj Mahal the wonder of world.

    Always proud to be an INDIAN
    ….. Jai Ho….

  51. Ridhi Murari

    Facts well presented and true, we have our flaws but these stats are no easy feat to attain.

  52. ankit

    nice quotes by narendra modi. narendra modi be the next prime minister of india



    1. Vimal

      Always see the fuller half of the glass than the emptier half. This view only express your personality. Which nation does not have corruption? Lol…… No nation can ever be perfect.

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  55. Rajeev swarnkar ; gidhaur Bihar

    i think india is the only country where god and goddess born….

  56. Vimal

    This is why India is called “INCREDIBLE INDIA” !

  57. Sanjay Mass

    Until 1921 its belived that Babylons and Egyptians were developed humans(based on records of BC 2500)… but in 1953 researcher hiraas announced that sindhu nagareega mozhi(I don’t know how to call it in English) is Tamil but he couldn’t not prove it.. then aftr 20yrs of that Russian and Finland researchers found that sindhu people used to communicateis the language Tamil..And then professor Iravatham magadhevan who belongs to Tamil nadu announced with proof that Tamil is the language used by sindhupeople in BC 2500.. but there are few records that humans are living in sindhu samaveli from BC 10000.. so it’s belived that TAMIL is the oldest language used by human… I mean older than Sanskrit..Proud to be tamilanFor references please readThe dawn of man-Steve parkerPre history(india)-irfan habibSecrets of Indus valley-R.rajagopalanOr for simple Tamil read kimu-kipi by madhan

    1. Varun Ponnappan

      Why can’t you put Tamil as the mother of all languages in the post….. Only the oldest language is the mother of all languages….. !!!!!

  58. Sanjay Mass

    Sanskrit is thethe one of the oldest language in India. Tamil is the oldest living language in India. The exact date & time of evolution of these languages can never be found. The earliest work of Tamil that is unearthened is ‘Tholkappiyam’ that dates back to 2200 years. And Vedas in Sanskrit has evolved some 3500 years ago

  59. Varun Ponnappan

    Please don’t spread false information in internet…… There are scientific studies to prove Tamil is the oldest among all……. We all spoke one language long back and that’s Tamil……..And Sanskrit cannot be called a pure Indian language….it was actually from some Syrian countries……. While Tamil is quite opposite … was created in India….and it is the first language created by a civilised humans….. for a language to be mother of all languages, it must be the first language…… in that case Tamil is the mother of all languages… The first point in this post is incorrect…. Admin please do some field work before spreading it….Talk facts…. No hard feelings…. just facts….

  60. Nat Khublall

    Varun’s comment appears to be incorrect. As can be seen in Item No 1 quoted below, the information in Item No 1is not false. Nothing is mentioned that Sanskrit is the oldest language. No mention is made in Item No 1 that Sanskrit is the mother of all languages but “mother of all higher languages”. Only if Tamil is regarded as a higher language then there is cause for concern. Presumably, what languages the writer meant in the quote below are the important European languages. Sanskrit was very important in Ancient India as it was a spoken language generally and is the language of most, if not all, the ancient texts of profound value, such as the Vedas. This comment is by Dr Nat Khublall
    “Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. It is the most precise and therefore suitable language for computer software. (A report in Forbes magazine, July 1987).”

  61. Urdu Talk shows (UTS)

    amazing and knowledgeable facts about India. I really appreciate you for this information

  62. Shobana Sundaresan

    I just ignored this article just by seeing the very first point… Very stupid & misusing such platform without any responsibility.

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