Now to protect their own fair skin (which they are really proud of), the AHO are suggesting that the government and the members of House of Lords themselves are being racist. They are claiming,
In April of this year there was no AHO but after Lord Harries and his racist colleagues publically(sic) denigrated our Community, discriminating against us in the most despicable manner, the British Hindu Community turned its attention to this task and the AHO was born…
It wouldn’t be surprising to observe how they want to distract the UK media’s attention from the real issue at hand. By suggesting that the members of House of Lords who included Caste in the Equality act, as committing racism and continuing a colonial legacy, they wish to hide centuries old barbaric traditions. Such is their brazenness.
The current population of those of exterior caste descent is said to be somewhere between 50,000[i] to 400,000[ii]. While the population of Hindus in England and Wales is more than 800,000 according to the 2011 census. Most of the migrants coming from India who now have settled down in western countries are obviously from upper castes as their socio-economic privilege accumulated in India over generations could afford them such a living. They have accumulated wealth and created social capital of their own to be able to keep the exterior castes socially excluded. Harassment in school, employment, provision of goods and services, and even religious places still continues. They are a minority among minority. The atrocities are being conducted for last few decades and such law cannot be delayed any further considering that even children of exterior caste descent are bullied in UK schools.
The current scenario is just the tip of the iceberg. The real questions will emerge when more in-depth research is done on the issue and the government is forced to implement the law stringently. How will they differentiate the oppressed from oppressor? How to identify vulnerable castes? Will they borrow the methods from India which do not seem to be providing justice to victims? Will they conduct a caste census in the UK? How will the Hindu elites respond to this? One of the member organisations of the AHO is the Metropolitan Police Hindu Association. Can the upper caste Hindus in the UK police and their cronies be trusted with prevention of caste atrocities? Even some non-Hindu, non-Asian, white government officials and members of parliament seem to be against the inclusion of caste in the Equality Act. This includes the Minister of Equality Helen Grant. Member of House of Lords, Eric Avebury who along with his colleagues has been very instrumental in getting caste included in Equality act has said yesterday (2nd August 2013) that:
But since then, Equality Minister Helen Grant has said plainly that she doesn’t agree with the proposal, defying the Cabinet Office Code which says that once a decision is made, Ministers have to support it.
She has ignored requests for a meeting with organisations representing the Dalits, the potential victims of caste discrimination.
When she did meet peers on May 14 to discuss progress on implementing the provision which had been agreed by Parliament, she said she had been too busy with same-sex marriage to think about it.
But she found time to see a large delegation from anti-legislation groups.
Lord Avebury is very optimistic about the inclusion of caste in the Equality act and its implementation, but that will not happen at least until the summer of 2015 and with a huge political drama in the preceding elections involving Tories and upper castes with their political donations.
Until then, the fight is to be continued both within and outside the UK. If the citizens of the UK care about a healthy future for their country, then they must support the ongoing efforts to make the Equality Law stronger and restrain the anomaly of the caste system in their country.