A very good morning to one and all present here. Today, I will be giving a short speech on the topic of ‘Untouchability’.
Wikipedia defines the term as follows: “Untouchability is a form of a social institution that legitimises and enforces practices that are discriminatory, humiliating, exclusionary and exploitative against people belonging to certain social groups.”
Untouchability is a social evil. It is a crime to consider it a sin to touch a fellow human on whatever basis that might be!
Mahatma Gandhi, an icon in the struggle against untouchability has once said, “Our struggle does not end so long as there is a single human being considered untouchable on account of his birth.” Even today thus, the struggle has not ended.
We proudly proclaim that all humans are equal when in many places in India, tea shops still have separate glasses for lower-caste people! Let us vow to put an end to the evils of untouchability and end this long struggle!