AM i AN UNTOUCHABLE???: The Caste System in India


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The Asia Pacific Leadership Program presents a Brown Bag seminar.

When: Nov 8 2016 - 12:30pm until Nov 8 2016 - 1:30pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3118 (3rd Floor)

Untouchables, formally known as dalit, are India's most discriminated against and exploited class  - they are prohibited from entering temples and taking water from public taps and wells, not allowed to marry any other cast, and excluded from public gatherings and educational programs.  Sometimes they are treated worse than animals.

This seminar will focus on the origins of the Indian caste system and the term ‘dalit’, which was first popularized by the  father of the Indian constitution (Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, 1891-1956). Mr. Kumar will touch upon historic moments in India’s history and discuss how the caste system is still prevalent in India after 70 years of independence.

Virender Kumar is the CEO of the ART TIMES and Art/3D Animation studio, chairman and founder of FACE India, and official patron of the Korean Cultural Centre, India Embassy of the Republic of Korea. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Delhi University and has designed a number of art, architectural, cultural, and educational projects. He hopes to connect global artists and cultural organizations, and to share his “art to heart” concept and a worldview centered on love, compassion, and forgiveness.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Nina M. Dutra, Senior Program Officer, Leadership Programs