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The veto of the California caste bill is seen as a disappointment for supporters, while opponents argue that it avoids creating a negative perception.


The governor is Gavin Newsom.

blocking a proposed law that would have banned caste  supporters

The supporters of the legislation viewed discrimination as “heartbreaking”. advocates  been

being greeted by those who believed the law would be stigma

The state marginalized a minority.

The bill  aftermath

The legislation’s implementation, including the lead-up by state legislators and its consequences. veto

There was a heated discussion on the topic during this time. California and beyond.

Opponents of caste discrimination say  the United States, it would give

It is similar to other forms of discrimination, such as racism, and therefore should be made illegal. Activists were optimistic that its passage in the United States would provide equal rights. California

The bill would have prompted comparable actions in other states across the US.

Opponents of the bill  to be a

stated that it must be a stigma

Branded an entire minority group – specifically the South Asian and Hindu communities – as discriminatory and unfairly characterized the entire community.

Texas at Austin, is a professor of Anthropology at the university.

Angana Chatterji is an Anthropology professor at the University of Texas at Austin. California, Berkeley, said that caste  current climate only exacerbates

The United States is facing a worsening climate where discrimination is deeply rooted and negatively affects South Asian communities. California bill  oppression”

“I acknowledge the fundamental right to equality for all individuals who face oppression.” casteism.”

civil rights movement worked tirelessly to bring about change.

Dedicated advocates of the civil rights movement worked tirelessly to effect change. bill 

In early September, a hunger strike was initiated to urge for the signing of the law.

In vetoing the bill, officially called Senate Bill  case

Governor Newsom cited existing laws that already prohibit discrimination based on ancestry, stating that this was the basis for SB 403. bill “unnecessary.”

Advocacy group Hindu American Foundation, which opposed the bill

, I concur with Mr. Newsom and praised the veto 

As a significant victory.

“Any discrimination on the basis of ‘caste

“Going against both Hindu principles and current state and federal regulations, SB-403’s controversy has centered on finding the most effective resolution for cases of discrimination within the community, rather than questioning the necessity of such safeguards,” stated Suhag Shukla, Executive Director of the Hindu American Foundation.

ethnic discrimination

The discrimination laws in the US prohibit discrimination based on ancestry, but do not specifically address ethnic discrimination. casteism. California‘s bill targeted the caste  items to

The system has been modified in South Asian and Hindu immigrant communities by including additional components. caste as a protected class to the state’s existing anti-discrimination laws.

caste individuals while denying those same privileges to lower castes.

The practice of categorizing people into social classes, known as the caste system, has been in existence for centuries and grants advantages to those in higher castes while restricting those in lower castes from the same benefits. castes but represses lower caste caste system.

The Dalit community holds the lowest position in the Hindu caste hierarchy. caste  the practice of

The treatment of the system and its members has been deemed as untouchable. The practice has been banned in India. caste 

Over 70 years ago, there was discrimination.


“I was raised in Orange County, where I faced discrimination based on my ethnicity.” caste  Equality Labs

Thenmozhi Soundararajan, the executive director of Equality Labs, stated during her education. California

Equality Labs is a civil rights organization that focuses on the Dalit community.

Caste-oppressed Californians are here, and we deserve workplaces and schools free from discrimination and violence,” Ms. Soundararajan said in her testimony in April in support of the bill.

response to our letter”

Equality Labs expressed disappointment in the governor’s response to their letter, stating that it was disheartening. veto.”


According to the Migration Policy Institute, the Indian diaspora in the United States consists of approximately 4.9 million people who were either born in India or have Indian ancestry or origin. This number was reported at the end of last year, and one million of these individuals currently live in California. California.

The bill 

Received support from various organizations advocating for human rights such as the ACLU, Amnesty International, and MeToo International.

Opponents of the bill 

The statement claimed that because the laws in the US already prohibit discrimination based on ancestry, this new legislation is rendered insignificant and unfairly targets Hindu and South Asian groups.

The bill as

The original version was revised following some opposition. The revised version was listed as. caste under “ancestry” and not as a separate category. It was passed by California

The state Assembly approved the legislation in late August, followed by the state Senate in early September with an overwhelming majority.

Samir Kalra, managing director of the Hindu American Foundation, stated that establishing a distinct category and legislation solely for minority communities goes against our constitutional principles.

The bill defined caste 

According to Reuters, social status can be defined as a person’s perceived place within a system of social hierarchy based on their inherited position.