One of the most pressing issues facing India is the quest for social equity. The struggle to end caste discrimination, and to ensure that India's Dalits are able to live a life of dignity, enjoying equal access to educational facilities and equal opportunities in the job market is of paramount importance. But what role can the so-called international community play in this regard?
In recent years, the UN has often been a part of the problem rather than the solution. While the UN failed to prevent the bombing of Yugoslavia, the destruction of Iraq took place under the auspices of the UN.
Yet, as the African nations have shown by raising the demand for compensation for slavery, UN conferences can be used to raise issues that are deemed important by nations that have suffered from colonial plunder and pillage. But India did not raise the issue of compensation for colonial exploitation and it's myriad social consequences that India must still contend with. Clearly, the African nations have demonstrated greater political wherewithal in demanding justice from those who have profited most from Africa's miseries by insisting on reparations.
Perhaps inspired by the example of the African nations, one of our readers sent in this comment:
Caste and Racial Discrimination - Can the UN Help?
Both the Indian and the international media have paid considerable attention to the debate on whether caste discrimination is also a form of racism. As the controversy rages within India, one of the most important questions that should be asked is - what are the real solutions. How can international conferences or UN agencies or the so-called "World Community" of nations help India's most discriminated and oppressed communities.
And this is where the utter hypocrisy and sanctimoniousness of the so-called "international community" lies exposed. As should be well-known to most objective students of world history, social discrimination and oppression were not unique...

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