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Comparison of the discrimination faced by two contrasting groups

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Comparison of the discrimination faced by two contrasting groups Poverty and inequality can have many interpretations, but the way I view poverty is that it is a deprivation of those things that determine the quality of life, including clothing, food, shelter and safe drinking water, but also such aspects as the opportunity to learn, to engage in meaningful employment, and to enjoy the respect of fellow citizens. There is lots of statistics about global poverty and here is just a few. Each year, more than 8 million people around the world die because they are too poor to stay alive. Over 1 billion people-1 in 6 people around the world-live in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1 a day. More than 800 million go hungry each day. Over 100 million primary school-age children cannot go to school. These are just a small handful of data regarding poverty. Poverty may affect individuals or groups, and is not confined to the developing nations. Poverty in developed countries is manifest in a set of social problems including homelessness and the persistence of "ghetto" housing clusters. ...read more.

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They are also forbidden to wear shoes in the presence of a caste Hindu, travel public roadways or if they have money, stay in public hotels and eat in public restaurants. They have been given the worst jobs such as grave diggers, toilet cleaners, discarders of animal and human wastes and slave workers on the land of the rich. If there is any income at all it amounts to less than $1 a day which is defined as extreme poverty. Indigenous Australians are descendants of the first known human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands. British colonisation of Australia began in Sydney in 1788. The most immediate consequence of British settlement - within weeks of the first colonists' arrival - was a wave of Old World epidemic diseases. Smallpox alone killed more than 50% of the Aboriginal population living in the vicinity of Sydney. The second consequence of British settlement was appropriation of land and water resources. The combination of disease, loss of land and direct violence reduced the Aboriginal population by up to 80% between 1788 and 1900. A wave of massacres and resistance followed the frontier of British settlement. ...read more.

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They are not given proper education and healthcare and not allowed to mix with non-Dalits. The IA on the other hand had there numbers decline mostly due to the European diseases brought to the country and also due to cultural genocide (the process of taking the aboriginal children and breeding them with non IA's, thus "killing" off the IA population). These two groups are closely related however in the case of the IA's they were the first natural inhabitants of Australia. This is the opposite to the Dalits, they were originally from India however the caste system in India has forced them into poverty. What has forced IA into poverty is the massive presence of the white population and has made the IA into a minority. However there have been recent apologies by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia to the indigenous Australians, which I would say is respectful. However there has been no sympathy towards the Dalits from the upper classes, they want the Dalits to stay in this low status for as long as possible. To conclude I believe the Dalits suffer more than the IA's, not just because of the way they are treated but the sheer number of them as a whole. ...read more.

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