Indian groups trying to locate assistance for Covid-19 patients are finding that the requests keep coming. Although the government has attempted to increase medical supply stocks, distribution remains patchy.
Indian has been battered by a severe COVID-19 second wave. On 3rd May 2021, India reported more than 300,000 new coronavirus cases for a 12th straight day to take its overall caseload to just shy of 20 million. India's total infections stand at 19.93 million, while total fatalities rose to 218,959 according to health ministry data. Hospitals have run out of beds and states have run out of oxygen cylinders, Remdesivir, ventilators and vaccines.
Rural India is no longer just a receptor for returning migrants in the current wave, it is already a site where resources and coping mechanisms have been stretched. Accounts coming in from the field point to the times of distress that will quickly turn into a catastrophe of unimaginable scale, if not addressed immediately.
The study conducted by Sustainable and Resilient Ideas Pvt Ltd (SRI) has revealed that various marginalized sections of the society have been largely affected by the pandemic.
Daily new cases have risen 60-fold since April 1 and nearly a thousand people have died in the past 10 days, according to official figures which, as in neighboring India, are seen as under-reporting the scale of the virus.
As millions of Indians pick up their smartphones to sign up for the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program, one group of people is conspicuously left out. Nearly 1.8 million people in India are homeless, and many of them do not have a phone or access to the internet, locking them out of an inoculation campaign that is largely online.
Minority Rights Group International unequivocally condemns the report released by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities set up to investigate claims of structural racism within British society as inadequate, insensitive and misleading.
Santa Clara County’s Human Rights Commission is tackling the thorny issue of caste discrimination in education and on the job in Silicon Valley.
Civil rights advocates are calling on a U.S. agency to recognize that caste discrimination is illegal under existing federal law, an issue growing more prominent as tech companies are hit with litigation by South Asian workers alleging bias based on social status.
Talk by Thenmozhi Soundararajan about Caste in the United States. This talk is a part of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's educational webinar series, "We are not a stereotype: Breaking down Asian Pacific American bias."
The group, over a 100 years old, has recently come under scrutiny for casteist labor practices in New Jersey.
U.S. authorities recently raided a large and well-known Hindu temple in New Jersey that they said had exploited Dalit workers from the “lowest” bracket of India’s caste system. The men had been categorized as “lay religious workers” for immigration purposes but were instead employed in back-breaking labor for $1/hour.
FBI agents were at a large Hindu temple in New Jersey on Tuesday as a new lawsuit claimed it was built by workers from marginalized communities in India who were lured to the U.S. and forced to work long hours for just a few dollars per day.
The UN Human Rights office has expressed serious concern about the detention of human rights defenders in India, including those arrested in the controversial Bhima Koregaon case, and has urged the Indian authorities to release the detainees “at the very least on bail while they await trial”.
Bodies of two Dalit girls, aged 13 and 16, were found in the family’s field in Unnao district on Wednesday evening, along with a 17-year-old in a serious condition. The elder girls were sisters, with the 13-year-old their cousin.
many US companies employ Indian immigrants to work in technology and, as has only recently been revealed, casteism seems to follow them. The statistics suggest that less than 2 per cent of the Indian immigrants that make up senior executives in the US are from ‘lower’ castes.
As a new migrant to Australia I was surprised when I learnt caste discrimination exists in a country so far removed geographically and culturally from South Asia.
In June, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing initiated a lawsuit against Cisco, a multibillion-dollar tech conglomerate, for caste discrimination against an engineer of Indian descent. However, the situation isn’t as straightforward as it would have been if the alleged discrimination had been based on race. Because US law does not officially recognise the old Indian caste system, technically, “casteism” cannot be an offence.