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Political patronage for caste discrimination must stop

The viral video of a 55-year-old Dalit man’s body being dropped from a bridge to the cremation ground below as Caste Hindus refused to allow the body to be carried through their fields in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu, has again brought the nation’s focus to the persisting caste discrimination of Dalits in India.

Such incidents are not new, nor are they confined to a few states. Across the country, the horror of caste discrimination continues to blight the lives of entire communities.

In Tamil Nadu the never-ending feud between Dalits and the powerful Vanniyar community has often led to caste clashes breaking out in the northern parts of the state. The Dalits, who weren’t well-organised until a few decades ago, now have numerous political parties to espouse their cause.…