I agree with you that when the Dalits want to be called by that name we have no right to protest against their desire to assert their identity as oppressed peoples. Instead, this term should challenge all of us to acknowledge our social guilt in this crime. We might not have done it personally but we are part of the social system which continues this injustice. We should therefore use this opportunity to join together to work for a more just society instead of objecting to their asserting their identity.
Dr Walter Fernandes Director, North Eastern Social Research Centre 110 Kharghuli Road (1st floor) Guwahati 781004 Assam, India
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