After Seattle in the USA, the caste battle has now reached Toronto in Canada the place the 2 sides — one favouring a ban on caste-based discrimination and the opposite opposing any such transfer — have began preventing it out in a district faculty.
Final month, Seattle turned the primary US metropolis to outlaw caste discrimination after its native council overwhelmingly handed a decision moved by an Indian-American politician and economist so as to add caste to its non-discrimination coverage.
The decision moved by Kshama Sawant, an upper-caste Hindu, was accredited by the Seattle Metropolis Council by six to 1 vote. The outcomes of the vote might have far-reaching implications on the problem of caste discrimination within the US.
Proponents of caste discrimination had been profitable in bringing the movement for consideration earlier than the Toronto District Faculty Board (TDSB). The board at its assembly on March 8, referred it to the Ontario Human Rights Fee as a impartial observer to review and assess the problem. In doing so, the board famous that it doesn’t have sufficient experience on this subject.
The TDSB’s transfer comes after the February 21 vote by the Seattle Metropolis Council which handed an ordinance banning caste-based discrimination within the metropolis. This made Seattle the primary metropolis exterior India to take action.
“A ‘Sure’ vote on this proposal is what’s in the most effective pursuits of all public faculty college students in Toronto. College students can expertise caste discrimination in lots of types in an academic atmosphere, together with by being topic to casteist slurs, discrimination in social and on-line settings and exclusion from dominant-caste areas,” Seattle Metropolis Councillor Sawant stated in a letter to the TDSB members.
Then again, the Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), which has been operating a marketing campaign towards it, stated that singling out one group on these in any other case broad markers, had resulted in vital opposition from the Canadian South Asian expats.
CoHNA Canada helped the group ship greater than 21,000 emails and make quite a few telephone calls to the trustees to make their voices heard. The TDSB workplace in North York additionally witnessed massive stand-in protests whereas the voting was underway, with group residents braving the freezing climate for hours to make sure they had been heard, a media launch right here stated.
CoHNA stated the demand from caste discrimination activists for South Asians to be assigned a “collective guilt” primarily based totally on unverifiable private anecdotes could be thought of bigoted, xenophobic and outright racist if it had been utilized to virtually every other group.
“That is simply colonialism another time the place lawmakers who’re alleged to be neutral, make casually Hinduphobic remarks and and echo outrageous propaganda put out by hate teams,” stated Nikunj Trivedi, president of CoHNA. “There needs to be no tolerance for makes an attempt to profile a weak minority group,” he stated.
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