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Most Indian Muslims are from the Dalit caste

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Submitted by scott in SF (United States), Dec 26, 2006 at 01:14

I don't wish to disagree with your thesis, there is much evidence to support it. However, in India, Islam is and has been a liberation movement for Dalit (Untouchables). By converting, Muslims escape the extreme and pervasive stigma of Dalit status, but in modern India being Muslim apparently excludes one from affirmative action jobs to which Dalit are normally entitled.

To be convincing the study would need to take into account what anyone who has spent time in Muslim parts of Calcutta would know; that despite conversion to Islam, Dalits still suffer extreme discrimination.

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