Chal­leng­ing So­cial Bound­aries

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

It is al­ways so dis­heart­en­ing to read about the hard­ships en­dured by mi­nor­ity groups in Pak­istan and In­dia, in par­tic­u­lar. The In­dian caste sys­tem, which to date is still preva­lent in so­ci­ety, is heart­break­ing and one won­ders why this is­sue has not been ex­ten­sively ad­dressed by in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights groups. While cul­ture may de­fine a coun­try, it is im­por­tant for that cul­ture to ac­com­mo­date all. In de­vel­op­ing coun­tries this is a se­ri­ous prob­lem and even though coun­tries like In­dia may be pro­gress­ing eco­nom­i­cally, much re­mains unat­tended and needs to be ad­dressed. So­cial press­ing prob­lems should be han­dled be­fore they turn into or­ga­nized re­volts. The is­sue of marginal­iz­ing the Dal­its in In­dia or the Chris- tians in Pak­istan is se­vere and has seen the sac­ri­fices of many in the name of equal­ity. Mi­nor­ity rights are cru­cial to the de­vel­op­ment of South Asia. If this re­gion wishes to pros­per, it can only be done through the com­bined ef­forts of its peo­ple, re­gard­less of race, eth­nic­ity or re­li­gion.

Re­hana Ma­lik, Karachi, Pak­istan

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