What happened in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu, after an inter-caste marriage, is not only condemnable but also a blot on the image of India as a developing nation (“‘Extensive damage caused to Dalits’ property’” and “CPI (M) MLAs visit Dalit colonies,” Nov. 11). Merely condemning such incidents is not enough. Caste-based issues are not just economic issues but more social. The problem lies in our thinking and the prejudices we hold against fellow beings. Schools and teachers have a big role to play in developing such a mindset to overcome such prejudices.
Ayesha Negi, Panchkula
Inter-caste marriages are a sure way of promoting harmony among Hindus and Dalits, especially in rural areas. This will also eliminate untouchability, the systematic isolation of Dalits, prevention of their entry into temples, the two-tumbler system and a host of other humiliating practices.
P.K. Varadarajan, Chennai
Keywords: Dharmapuri incident