Challenging Social Boundaries
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