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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 28-37

Working towards overcoming psychological consequences of oppression: an example from India

Emeritus, Professor of Academy of Human Resources and CEO of Chattopadhyay Associates: Organisational Consultants and Personal Counsellors, 2 Palm Place, Flat 2C, Kolkata 700019

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This article focuses on the psychological consequences of oppression in the form of caste-based discrimination in India. These psychological consequences are described as processes in the minds of oppressed people, processes that are often unconscious. First the position of the so-called untouchable castes (Dalits) is described. Then a report is presented of a Group Relations onference (which is a temporary experiential learning institution), during which Dalit-leaders, who have taken the responsibility to fight for the human rights of their brother Dalits, met executives of other humanitarian organisations and managers of business houses. During this conference, the Dalits were able to identify unconscious processes based on oppression that were interfering with the effectiveness of their organisations.

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