Jeremy Corbyn – A Long Standing and Passionate Advocate of Dalits


Recently, the United Kingdom had the general election in which Labour Party despite not becoming the largest party was the real winner with its chief Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy Corbyn is known for his stand against the oppression and equal rights for everyone. He stood against the apartheid in South Africa.

Jeremy Corbyn Labour Leader

“For The Many – Not The Few” was the tagline on which Labour Party, UK, fought the election and increased its seats in the parliament. It is nothing but the concept of Bahujan. Not saying that Labour Party stole the idea but the UK is moving towards where many progress, not just a few. India needs to move in the same direction.

Here are a few of the statements and reports showing Jeremy Corbyn’s stand against the caste discrimination and for equal rights for Dalits.

In 2012, Mr Jeremy Corbyn told parliament – Dalits are the largest group of people in the world who are systematically discriminated against on the basis of their descent and caste. They perform the worst jobs in the dirtiest conditions, and have the shortest life expectancy, the lowest level of education, the worst housing and the lowest pay and employment levels of any group in India, or indeed, the rest of the world.

Jeremy Corbyn on Dalits

Caste in the UK: No Escape – Caste Discrimination within the UK The Dalit Solidarity Network UK [Read]

I first became truly aware of the extent of caste discrimination in India, and of the resistance to it, when I attended the World Social Forum in Mumbai in January 2004. I had been aware that there was such a system, and that it did affect many poor people, but the reality of it struck home in that experience.

There were several thousand Dalits at the World Social Forum protesting about the vicious effects of the caste system in India and other countries of South Asia. Hundreds of them marched, dancing and beating their drums, objecting to being regarded as the polluted outcastes of society. I then learnt more about the problem when I met a group of Dalit activists on a second visit to Mumbai in February 2006. I was therefore horrified to realise that caste discrimination has actually been exported to the UK through the Indian Diaspora.

Caste in the UK

Jeremy Corbyn participating in protest against the caste discrimination in the UK

The same attitudes of superiority, pollution and separateness appear to be present in South Asian communities now settled in the UK. This is an issue the Government and all those concerned about good community relations must address. Any discrimination, of whatever kind, is unacceptable and must be both legislated against and challenged by all appropriate means. – Jeremy Corbyn MP

Read – Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law – A Public Consultation

Caste in UK and Equality Law

Jeremy Corbyn with Dalits in the United Kingdom

Jeremy Corbyn — A sympathiser of Dalits and Critic of Communalism [Read]

Some of these issues have taken Mr. Corbyn to India. He attended the World Social Forum gathering in Mumbai in January 2004. In his engaging account for the Morning Star on the conference from Mumbai, Mr. Corbyn writes among other things about those who joined the WSF march. ‘The Dalit peoples who have suffered untold discrimination despite the Indian constitution’s claim to protect them march in huge numbers, and many union groups from miners to forestry workers march against re-structuring and privatisation. The surviving victims of the killings and mayhem in Gujarat tell what it is like to be the victims of the hordes goaded on by right wing xenophobic politicians.”

Arguments over caste spread from India to Britain: Britain’s political class is caught up in an argument over caste [Read]

Mr Jeremy Corbyn is a long-standing and passionate advocate of the Dalits, people from India who complain of being treated terribly by their compatriots because of their low status under the caste system; such discrimination was supposedly abolished by independent India’s constitution but it remains a powerful social reality.

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    Dr A K Biswas

    In August 2013 I wrote on Jeremy Corbyn in an article carried by Mainstream

    “Jeremy Corbyn, a British MP, rightly asks: “What I cannot understand is that, if there is appalling treatment of Dalits, as the Hindu Council report agrees, and if they are opposed to such treatment – presumably both in India and the UK – why not support the inclusion of CBD (caste-based discrimination) in UK law?”
    Corbyn is the Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights and Chairman of the Dalit Solidarity Network, UK. Any sane person will ask: what prevents the aggrieved Brahmans to join the Dalit movement for outlawing caste discrimination? Why are they not ashamed of what the Vedas and Manu teach, apart from what the Brahmans propagate against the Sudras and untouchables? The Brahmans never made common cause with the Dalits for elimination of the vices caste symbolises. So, this argument cannot be taken seriously. In fact, the Government of India should have publicly complimented the statutory safeguard for vulnerable British citizens suffering caste-based discrimination. Alas! India officially refused to acknowledge the prevalence of caste discrimination in the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, that took place in Durban, South Africa, from August 31 to September 8, 2001.26 Sharma picked up his defence from the pages of India’s official book.”

    Under upper caste Hindu influence David Cameron did not implement amended provision of the Equality Act 2010 so much so he has become like an avatar for them.

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