Hindu converts to Christianity to keep Caste status

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Church leaders in India have welcomed the call by the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly for India’s federal government to allow Hindu Dalits who convert to Christianity to keep their protected status as members of a Scheduled Caste (SC).

On Aug 25 the legislature of the southeastern Indian state passed a resolution presented by the state’s chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy that petitions the national government to amend the Constitution to confer SC status on Dalit Christians.

The Indian Constitution allows quotas in educational institutions and government jobs for members of castes once considered “untouchable,” to support their social and economic advancement. According to the 1950 Presidential Order however, SC privileges are meant only for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, but not Christians.

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Posted September 29, 2009 at 8:23 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. nwlayman wrote:

Every once in a while one still hears that India is the “world’s largest democracy”.  Then you read something like this.

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