PRESS RELEASE-SEMINAR LISA 25 AUGUST 2016
London Institute of South Asia (LISA) is holding a seminar on “Religion, Terrorism and Caste Oppression in South Asia” on Thursday, 25 August, 2016.from 5.15 pm to 8.00 pm at Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) School of Advanced Study, University of London,17 Russell Square, London,WC1B 5DR. You are invited.
DIRECTIONS:- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is just about 5 minutes walk from the Russell Square Tube Station. On coming out of station turn Left after 2-3 minutes’ walk you shall see the actual Russell Square. Cross over the road and go straight ahead and after walking for 1-2 minutes you shall see the first road on your right. Stop here. IALS is on the corner of Russell Sq and Bedford Way.
Spread across South Asia is a group of forgotten people numbering in the hundreds of millions. Despised by their countrymen and viewed as subhuman, even the shadows they cast are believed to be cursed. These people are the Dalits, the lowest of the low. Mostly, nearly 300 million live in India. For centuries the Dalits - or Untouchables – are at the bottom of Indian society. They have been subjected to most degrading and dehumanising abuse. The caste system (Varna) is an integral part of Hindu religion and Dalits are beneath the Shudra and rejected right from their birth.
At London Institute of South Asia (LISA) we are deeply concerned about the plight of Dalits and the indigenous people of India. Apartheid came to an end through a movement of people of many nations with one voice and one message – that apartheid is wrong. We believe that the injustice of the Dalits is the biggest human rights issue in the world today. It will take a similar movement of ordinary people to tackle this extraordinary oppression that has affected millions of people for thousands of years. The injustice of the Dalits is the biggest human rights tragedy in the world today.
Eminent scholars from India ,UK and USA are on the panel to discuss the biggest human rights issue of DALIT ISSUE and RELIGIOUS EXTEMISM. Please support this event by your and your contacts/friends participation on 25 August 2016.
Chairman, London Institute of South Asia
London Institute of South Asia (LISA) is a registered charity. Registered Charity No1168632