“In the US, caste being used as a ploy to soft-sell Hinduphobia”,Sunday Guardian Live, April 15, 2023:
Members of the South Asian community in the US held a peaceful rally on 4 April in front of Senator Aisha Wahab’s office to protest the proposed caste bill. The rally witnessed the participation of many Dalits and Bahujans who said that the proposed California Caste Bill was a malicious attempt to divide the Hindu community on the basis of arbitrary categories.
Seattle became the first city in the United States to ban caste discrimination. And now a Californian lawmaker, Aisha Wahab has launched a bill in the State Senate seeking to explicitly ban caste discrimination. If the bill is passed, California would become the first US state to have a legislation banning caste discrimination.
Sounds good in theory, for sure. But when one looks at the narrative behind this sudden spate of laws and resolutions banning caste discrimination in the US, one can certainly smell some kind of conspiracy. Or a Hinduphobic conspiracy, to put it better perhaps? By adding the word caste to define discrimination specifically amongst “South Asian migrants”, the California bill is targeting the US Hindu community.
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