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Updated: Friday, November 19, 2021, 13:47 [IST]

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<p>Caste is now officially part of anti-discrimination policies on the Davis campus of the University of California.  A large number of students had complained that they face discrimination in the university due to caste.  Due to this the university has included caste in its policies.</p>    <div class="big_center_img" data-cl-cnt="0" data-cnt-t="0" data-gal-src="https://hindi.oneindia.com/img/2021/11/59532350-303-1637309805.jpg"> <div> <figure><img data-pagespeed-lazy-src="https://hindi.oneindia.com/img/2021/11/x59532350-303-1637309805.jpg.pagespeed.ic.W5imQRGun-.jpg" class="image_listical c2" alt="uc Davis adds caste to his anti-discrimination policy" title="uc Davis adds caste to his anti-discrimination policy" data-cl-slideshow="" data-cl-title = "uc Davis adds caste to its anti-discrimination policy" data-cl-description = "" data-cl-imageid = "649332-0"" src="/img/loading.gif" onload="pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);" onerror="this.onerror=null;pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);"/></figure> </div> </div> <p>The university's campus policy was revised in September.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, under the new rules, students or teachers who are discriminated against on the basis of race can now also file a formal complaint.</p>   <p>Dan Nichols, director of the Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention program at the university's Davis campus, said, "Racial participation is important because it ensures that the people and communities most affected by this type of discrimination know that the university understands them. Is  The injustice done to him. "</p> <p>The San Francisco Chronicle writes that students began calling for the change when they saw people in chat groups sending non-caste memes and South Asians on campus asking each other's races.</p> <h3><strong>How did it start?</strong></h3> <p>Prem Periyar, 37, who came to the US from Nepal in 2015, is studying at California State University.  He says his family has faced violence in Nepal many times because they belong to a so-called lower caste, but he did not think he would face racial discrimination in the United States.</p>  <p>Periyar says that while interacting with other South Asians, he was reminded of caste in everything from restaurants to community events.  He says, "Some people ask my surname in the name of knowing me, when in fact they want to know what my caste is. After knowing that I am Dalit, some people put me in different pots. Provide food. "</p>  <p>Periyar began organizing students at CSU and founded the Cal State Student Association, which represents CSU's 23 campuses.  The association called for a change in policy to make caste the basis of discrimination.</p> <p>At the moment this change is made by the Davis campus, not the rest.  Periyar says this is a big step towards recognizing racial discrimination in the United States because it is an issue that exists here, and it is time to address it.</p>  <h3><strong>Caste system in the United States</strong></h3> <p>The caste system of India has been prevalent for thousands of years.  In it, dalits are kept at a lower level of social status.  That is why they have been subjected to centuries of repression and torture, which continues to this day, even though the Indian Constitution outlawed caste-based discrimination in 1950.</p> <p>Through India, the practice has spread to Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, and the Hindus living there also believe in caste.  Anjali Arondekar, co-director of the university's Center for South Asian Studies, says that apart from Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Christians and Buddhists also have caste system.  "Caste is primarily a work-based division and has been going on for centuries," said Professor Arondekar.</p> <p>Last year, a Dalit Indian engineer, a multinational company called Cisco Systems in California, was sued after facing racial discrimination in a Silicon Valley-based company.</p> <p>The engineer was stationed at Cisco's San Jose site headquarters.  He had many Indian allies who belonged to the so-called upper castes.  According to a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, "upper caste supervisors and affiliates brought racial discrimination into the workings of the team and Cisco."  Cisco, one of the world's leading computer network companies, has said it will fight the lawsuit.</p> <p>VK / AA (AP)</p>  <p>Source: <a href="https://www.dw.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">DW</a></p>       <div class="notification-outerblock clearfix" id="notification-articleblock" style="display:none;"> <p>

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