Spearheading a Survey of Caste in South Asian Diasporas

Map of Major South Asian Flows, www.striking-women.org

Background

The caste survey can be found here .
Record of Bihari immigrant to Mauritius

Caste practices are not specific to Hindus

Bangladeshi British children in Whitechapel in the 80s, al cane — originally posted to Flickr as Parfett Street, Whitechapel E1

The fact that almost all communities of the subcontinent are caste-d is evident when we see that even South Asian Atheists can’t see themselves as having transcended their caste identities.

Caste Denial as Diasporic Norm

East Indians at a cocoa estate in Trinidad, Wikimedia Commons
Eelam/Illankai Tamils celebrate Hindu festivals in Paris, France, Wikimedia Commons

Why This Survey?

Congregants of Shri Guru Ravidass Sabha, Bedford, U.K, srigururavidasssabhabedford.com
President Obama receives a red shawl from a Indian immigrant with his caste marker drawn on his forehead, Pete Souza, Wikimedia Commons

Notes on the Survey Methodology

Ask your family members. Find out from them caste histories in your family. Google your last name or reach out to us to help you.

Migrant construction workers at the Burj, Dubai, Wikimedia Commons

In Conclusion:

Our goal is to break the silence collectively.

The Diasporas Testify

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