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Justice For All Supports Ambedkar International Center Amicus Brief On Caste Discrimination

 

“There is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab, or of a non-Arab over an Arab, and no superiority of a white person over a black person or of a black person over a white person, except on the basis of personal piety and righteousness.” Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ Last Sermon

We thank the Ambedkar International Center for filing the amicus in regard to the caste based discrimination that took place at Cisco. We are pleased that the State of California has brought proceedings against the accused at Cisco.

The case of Cisco employees using caste discrimination in the workplace has implications beyond this case itself. Caste and related discrimination, imported from India, is spreading its hate filled tentacles in many ways across America. Recently a related instance of discrimination was seen when an Indian IT firm, Nityo asked Muslims not to apply for a job that they had advertised. Americans cannot afford to import further discriminatory practices from India, as we fight to finish what remains of racial discrimination within this country.

Caste has been a systemic problem in India. It is an integrated concept within the majority society. As India gained freedom, there were steps to lessen caste based issues, but caste discrimination is far from being abolished within the minds of those considering themselves from an upper privileged caste. Many Indian Muslims are converts and of Dalit heritage.

Caste has come back into prominence with the current government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi is a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, an organization which wants India to follow a majoritarian ideology. The Modi government has allowed a resurgence of caste as well as religious discrimination, especially against Christian and Muslim populations. Factions within the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh have declared eradicating Muslims and Christians as their goal.

We call on the human resources departments of major corporations to educate themselves on caste issues. Caste discrimination is no different than race and color discrimination. We hope that the Cisco case sees justice brought for the victims, and the severest punishments allowable for the ones who victimized them.

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