Cal State Banned Caste Discrimination. Two Hindu Professors Sued.

Marisa Iati of The Washington Post reports that two Hindu professors are suing the head of their university system after it banned discrimination based on caste, a form of social hierarchy that originates in South Asia. Iati writes, “The California State University System professors argue that naming caste as a protected characteristic unfairly targets Hindus and wrongly suggests that oppression and discrimination are among Hinduism’s core tenets.” Suhag Shukla, the executive director of the Hindu American Foundation, which is representing the professors, said in an email, “CSU has turned non-discrimination on its head by adding a category that it defines as inherent to an already minoritized community and exclusively polices only that community — Indian and Hindu students and faculty.”

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