Untouchables In The World Of IT
“In Pune they just assume that anyone working in computers is a Brahmin,” says a young man from a small town near our home in Western India. He, like many Dalits (ex-Untouchables) is trying to break into the new world of Information Technology, but fears to reveal his origins to his colleagues. With caste attitudes continuing to shape marriages, life chances and career opportunities, the fear is understandable.
Though the current government in India is projecting a feel-good factor about India – its catchy phrase is “India shining” – there are significant social groups for whom a good deal of rot lies under the shine.
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