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Caste based discrimination human rights by David Keane

By David Keane

Providing an research of the removal of racial discrimination in foreign legislations, this ebook assesses the circulate opposed to racial discrimination, which has ruled human rights discourse because the UN's inception. It evaluates the techniques that experience trained the paintings of the UN treaty-based and charter-based our bodies during this region, and maps a brand new direction that strikes from standard-setting to implementation. in the course of the lens of the Hindu caste approach, the publication seeks to supply a benchmark at the achievements of the overseas neighborhood in combatting all sorts of racial discrimination, and the regulations that needs to tell destiny measures. The publication should be of curiosity to teachers, researchers and policy-makers operating within the parts of overseas human rights and legislation.

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1. That the civilization of the world has been developed, or rather has grown up as it were, under a hierarchy of castes …58 It has been suggested that the caste system was, in its ancient form, a division based on skin colour. 44, 19. 33, 39–40. 57 Tagore, G. (1863), ‘On the Formation and Institution of the Caste System – The Aryan Polity’, Transactions of the Ethnological Society of London 2, 384. 58 Ibid. 59 Burns summarises this position: It is probable that the caste system of India, the exact origin of which is obscure, was founded on a diversity of race and perhaps of colour, and there seems to be no doubt that the depressed classes are remnants of conquered peoples.

Bhrigu replies: There is no distinction of castes; this whole world is from Brahma; for having been formerly created by him, it became separated into castes in consequence of works. Those red-limbed Brahmans [twice-born]56 who were fond of sensual pleasure … and who had forsaken their duties, fell into the condition of Kshatriyas. The yellow Brahmans [twice-born] who derived their livelihood from cows and agriculture, and did not practice their duties, fell into the state of Vaishyas. The Brahmans [twiceborn] who were black, and had lost their purity, who were addicted to violence and lying, who were covetous and subsisted by all kinds of work, fell into the position of Shudras.

1941; reprinted 2000), History of Dharmashastra, vol. 1. 26 Caste-based Discrimination in International Human Rights Law The sacred literature of Hinduism falls roughly into two categories. The first is shruti which means ‘hearing’ and denotes that which has been revealed directly by God. This category comprises the four Vedas. 15 Nagarajan describes the Purusha Sukta as an ‘interpolation’, in order to convey the idea that the hymn was a later addition to the Vedic texts to give divine sanction to what was essentially an unequal socio-economic division already in existence: The Vedic hymns had been composed before the varna scheme was implemented.

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