ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Many Cultures

 cheat the celling laws through fictitious and benami settlements, the adminis- trator winks; gentlemen politicians grab government land and, village commons for their private purposes, the police abets; landlords deny the legal rights of share-croppers and eject them from their holdings, the tehsildar laughs at the share-croppers; labourers are not paid their due wages and are thrown out of their hutments, the forces of law and Order benignly watch from the sidelines. The Harijans and the tribals, despite the legislations, remain outside the purview of the law's due process; they can. be set upon, their assets snatched away, not one squeak will be heard from the direction of those who arc in power. The social status of the so-called inferior castes remains in- variant over the years. There is only one minor difference which has been ushered in: contact with the Harijans is to be avoided at all costs, such contact means perdition; but contact with their womenfolk apparently holds no such stigma. This is what privilege is about.

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