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CA Civil Rights Department Rules Caste Not Essential Part of Hinduism

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CA Civil Rights Department Rules Caste Not Essential Part of Hinduism

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – In a victory for Hindu Americans, the California Civil Rights Department has amended a 2020 complaint and stated that caste and caste-based discrimination are not an essential part of Hinduism.

The department voluntarily filed a motion in the first weeks of December to amend their complaint against Cisco Systems alleging that caste discrimination occurred at the Silicon Valley tech giant.

The amended complaint removes the erroneous and unconstitutional assertion that caste and caste discrimination is an essential part of Hindu religious teachings and practices.

However, the Washington-based Hindu America Foundation said that several problematic statements and citations in the complaint remain. Foremost among these is the reliance on the “fundamentally flawed and statistically invalid survey by activist group Equality Labs on the alleged high prevalence of caste discrimination in the US,” it said.

According to HAF, the CRD (California Civil Rights Department) continues to pursue its case based on many “false and xenophobic” claims about people of South Asian origin as well as the dubious implication that caste discrimination in India is tied to skin color. This, it said, is in an obvious attempt to draw direct parallels with skin-colored-based racism in the US.

Two Indian-origin Cisco engineers — Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella — were accused in the CRD’s lawsuit of discriminating and harassing an employee based on caste in 2020.

Last year, CRD voluntarily dismissed its case alleging caste discrimination against Iyer and Kompella, while keeping alive its litigation against tech giant Cisco.

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  • Caste as a class is an imported one derived by the ruling British to drive a wedge. Sanatana Dharma talks about varnas, various gunas that an individual possesses based on their past karmas, such as Sathvic, Rajasic and Tamasic; these gunas are interchangeable for an individual on a given day, given moment, such as anger, calmness, exploring real and the unreal and so forth. These also can be tied to various occupational creed. Hindus (sanatana dharma) derive their lineage from various maharishis and carry those gunas with them. For instance, a gothra, Bharadwaja gothra, Kaundinya gothra means that person derives their lineage from those great maharishis and their DNA will drive them to do what is already existing within themselves. This is what Shree Krishna tells in BG.

    February 7, 2024
    • The British did it for employment and hiring. They needed to know who and how many they could tap for their work around the world. They did ship over 4 million out around the world who are now known as indentured workers. They were treated worse than slaves and many never saw India again. Go to the West Indies and Philipines and learn of the horror of the generations in the 1800s and early 1900s.

      February 7, 2024
  • Isn’t Equality Labs a for-profit entity, commercializing and profiteering from this British invention, “caste”?

    February 7, 2024
  • And then India can dock the White Americans working in India as racists!
    Hilarious.

    February 7, 2024
  • Bringing disastrous policies and undue privileges to this country and hoping to mimic the reservation system here.

    February 8, 2024

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