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“I lost my only son,” said Saroj, a mother among the protesters, who hails from the northern city of Ludhiana in Punjab. “He went into the sewers and never came out. How long will these deaths continue?” One placard read, “Eleven workers died in the sewers in seven days. ‘Swachh Bharat’ for whom?” (VOA News)
One Dalit (aka “untouchable”) dies in cleaning the sewers in India every five days: “Indians Should Be Ashamed For Sending Dalits To Sewer“: https://youtu.be/lkDUvLLOYg8
Shockingly, the vast majority of migrants to the United States from India are NOT the poor Dalit under-castes, but rather the dominant-upper castes. The United States welcomes the rich; the well-off; the upper-dominant castes of India, and even offers them affirmative action, while leaving India’s “tired, poor, and huddled masses yearning to breathe free” yet dying from poisonous gases in India’s sewers. The only migrants from India accepted anywhere should be from the Dalit “huddled masses” (Scheduled castes & tribes). Meanwhile, India should be sanctioned and boycotted by the entire world, until they stop their abuses, which include frequent lynchings and rapes of Dalits. All people should be free to live safely in their own homeland. Apart from dire-extreme cases, all migration should be temporary.
What kind of country has the United States become that it welcomes the persecutors and not the persecuted?
Americans Call Congress! https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials Stop S386; Stop S2603 Durbin’s “Relief” act, which increases overall green card numbers. Tell your Senators that any green cards (permanent residency cards) given out should be to the persecuted and oppressed. We don’t need any more work related visas or work related green cards. The United States has plenty of US citizens, who need work, already. Family joining green cards-visas should NOT be increased – they should be almost eliminated.
Note that caste is not related to skin color in India: “Caste is like racism except that we’re not differentiated by skin color…” https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-08-10/india-she-was-untouchable-new-york-city-she-became-author
This was from last year, but it might have been this year, or any other year.
From VOA News:
“Hundreds Protest in Indian Capital Against Deaths of Sewer Cleaners
September 25, 2018 02:56 PM
NEW DELHI – The relatives of thousands of Indians who died cleaning sewers protested in the capital on Tuesday, aiming to stop the practice of workers entering underground conduits to unclog drains and remove waste with their bare hands.
Hundreds of protesters shouted slogans accusing the government of delaying compensation for sewer deaths, while others waved banners saying they came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes his “Swachh Bharat,” or “Clean India” program.
“I lost my only son,” said Saroj, a mother among the protesters, who hails from the northern city of Ludhiana in Punjab. “He went into the sewers and never came out. How long will these deaths continue?”
One placard read, “Eleven workers died in the sewers in seven days. ‘Swachh Bharat’ for whom?”
About 1,800 sewers cleaners have asphyxiated to death in the last decade, says the Safai Karamchari Andolan (SKA), a group that is campaigning to eliminate the practice.
Most of the roughly 160,000 workers involved in cleaning human waste are women, it added.
In 1993, India outlawed what it calls “manual scavenging,” a practice that includes the barehanded cleaning of dry latrines, mostly by women and Dalits, who are at the bottom of Hinduism’s social hierarchy.
For centuries, Dalits have battled discrimination ranging from segregation and ostracism to violence. Hindus are traditionally grouped into thousands of castes, their membership determined by birth.
Some members of India’s lower castes still engage in unsafe cleaning practices, including the capital, where recent deaths sparked off the protests.
Workers picking up human waste with bare hands and broomsticks are a common sight on railway tracks and stations across the country”. https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/hundreds-protest-indian-capital-against-deaths-sewer-cleaners (In other words, people in India are sh*tting on the railroad tracks and these women are expected to pick it up! )
“‘This Is It. I’m Going To Die’: India’s Minorities Are Targeted In Lynchings”
Note that Dalit Christians and Muslims aren’t even eligible for India’s affirmative action (reservation). This topic is currently in India’s supreme court.
“The US isn’t safe from the trauma of caste bias WGBH News March 08, 2019 · 9:00 AM EST By Tinku Ray https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-03-08/us-isn-t-safe-trauma-caste-bias
The vaste majority of immigrants from India to the United States are from high or dominant castes. As of 2003, only 1.5% of immigrants from India to the United States were Dalits or members of lower castes. https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-03-08/us-isn-t-safe-trauma-caste-bias
More updated information here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/09/22/caste-kinship-the-realisation-of-american-dream-high-skilled-telugu-india-migrants-in-the-usa/
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”