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I'm a landrace dog fancier, birder and amateur arachnologist. Founder of the INDog Project (www.indog.co.in) and the INDog Club. Before that, worked with urban free-ranging dogs of Mumbai from 1993-2007. Also a wildlife conservationist working in the tiger reserves of central India with Satpuda Foundation.

This blog is for aboriginal breed enthusiasts. It is part of the INDog Project www.indog.co.in. Only INDogs (Indian Pariah) and INDog-mix mongrels are featured here. The two are NOT the same, do please read the text on the right to understand the difference. Our aim: to create awareness about the primitive natural breed called the Indian Pariah Dog/INDog. I sometimes feature other landrace breeds too.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A mediaeval tale

This was in the Times of India today. Click on the image to enlarge and read.

Yes, "untouchability" is alive and kicking in 21st century India. Well, let's look on the bright side. At least dogs don't believe in the caste system and Sheru didn't turn down a chapati given by a kind-hearted Dalit lady. Those fossils in Morena village could learn a thing or two from him. But then we never do learn anything from dogs, do we?

And while I'm still in whingeing mode, can someone please tell reporters that village dogs in rural MP are unlikely to be "mongrels" but on the contrary may be of purer lineage than dogs normally considered purebred?

Madhya Pradesh


georgia little pea said...

that is a really sad story :(

Rajashree Khalap said...

Yes, disgraceful! The media mentions such things just once in a way. Most of the time we fool ourselves into believing we're a tolerant and progressive country.

Rajashree Khalap said...

Today's update from TOI:

"4 booked for ostracizing dog fed by Dalit

Morena (MP): Three brothers and their neighbour have been booked for calling their dog untouchable after it ate food given by a Dalit woman in Malikpura area here last week.Three brothersAmrit Singh Yadav,Naresh and Rampaland their neighbour Lallu Singh have been booked under relevant sections of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on Saturday night, SC/ST police station deputy SP Baldev Singh said.The accused had allegedly declared their pet untouchable and demanded Rs 15,000 as compensation from Sunita Jatav after it ate bread given by the Dalit woman,police said.The accused also dumped the dog at Sunitas place.The matter came to light when Sunita took the dog to a public hearing and narrated her ordeal to top police officers.The accused,while denying the allegations,claimed that they had given the dog to the woman as it fell ill after eating the food that she gave."