Diversity and Discrimination


What does the first page of our Constitution proclaim?


All Indians are entitled to equality of status and opportunity.


Diversity and Discrimination

Q 1.

How do we feel in the company of the people who are very much like us?

Q 2.

What do you mean by difference and prejudice? [V. Imp.]

Q 3.

How can the stereotype that girls are a burden on their parents affects the life of a daughter? Imagine this situation and list at least Jive different effects that this stereotype can have on the way daughters get treated in the house.

Q 4.

Sometimes people make prejudiced comments in our presence. We are often not in a position to do anything about this because it is difficult to say something right then and there. Divide the class into groups and each group discuss what they could do in one of the following situations:
(a)A friend begins to tease a classmate because he is poor.
(b)You are watching TV with your family and one of them makes a prejudicial comment about a particular religious community.
(c)Children in your class refuse to share their food with a particular person because they think she is dirty.
(d)Someone tells you a joke that makes fun of a community because of their accent.
(e)Some boys make remarks about girls not being able to play games as well as them.

Discuss in class what the different groups have suggested for the above situations,  and also talk about the problems that can come up when raising the issue.

Q 5.

How does discrimination occur?

Q 6.

Some people may experience both kinds of discrimination. ' What do you mean by ‘both kinds of discrimination'? . [V. Imp.]

Q 7.

What is it that can unite all Indians?

Q 8.

What does the Constitution say with regard to equality? Why do you think it is important for all people to be equal?

Q 9.

What is the demerit of stereotype' view?

Q 10.

Mention some activities which are considered less valued.

Q 11.

Mention one drawback of stereotypes. [Imp.]

Q 12.

Differentiate between inequality and discrimination. [V. Imp.]

Q 13.

What are the Constitutional provisions for establishing equality in Indian society? Do you think these are enough?

Q 14.

State whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F).

(i) We have more than 1600 languages that are people's mothertongue.
(ii) We feel secure with people who are very different from us.
(iii) Dalits are referred to as Scheduled Tribe (ST).
(iv) Dr. .Bhim Rao Ambedkar belonged to the Mahar caste which was considered untouchable.
(v) Government jobs are open to the people who come from upper caste.

Q 15.

How do parents often console boys when they fall and hurt themselves?

Q 16.

What responsibility has been placed on the government by the Constitution?

Q 17.

What does the first page of our Constitution proclaim?

Q 18.

Who was Bhim Rao Ambedkar?

Q 19.

Define the term prejudice' with an example.

Q 20.

India is a secular country'. What does this mean?

Q 21.

Fill in the blanks with appropriate word to complete each sentence.

(i)……fought for the rights of the Dalits.
(ii) The upper castes did not give the so-called ………………..  the same rights as they enjoyed.
(iii) If you do something to put other people down, you are ……………….  against them.
(iv)  People usually form certain altitudes and opinions about others who Eire not                    them.
(v) ……… stop us from looking at each person as a unique individual with his/her own special qualities and skills that are different from others.