• Research/Scholar Paper name – Racial Discrimination: Being More Than Just Colour
  • Author: Tanya Bajla
  • Institution: Institute of Law, The ICFAI University, Dehradun, India
  • Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Date of Publication: 16/07/2021


This research paper lays stress on race and the discrimination arising out of it having a wider dimension than just skin colour. It must be borne in mind that one’s skin colour is not the sole underlying factor that determines their race. It also lays emphasis on the need to realize that while talking about race, a person is not always discriminated against solely on the basis of their skin colour. Other factors like caste, descent, lineage, kinship, social strata, physical appearance, gender, etc. must also be taken into consideration. By giving a brief history of its origin, this concept has been analysed in the Indian context accentuating the plight of Dalits and people from northeast India while taking into consideration some other countries of the world as well, namely the United States of America, South Africa, Germany and Israel.  It throws light on various categories of racial discrimination in India, the varna system, atrocities faced by the people and prejudice in education and employment. Legislations and enactments passed within the past years in India and the current situation in different parts of the world have also been discussed. This research paper also puts together a comprehensive study on the case of Karma Dorjee V. Union of India brought as a writ petition before the Supreme Court of India in the year 2017 with the petitioner bringing to light the dilemma faced by natives from the eastern region of India whilst presenting the court with factual details to support his case. By suggesting some measures that can be taken to abate racial discrimination, it calls for attention to the right of each person to have a voice, of being heard and strongly argues that every person irrespective of their race deserves to live a life of full potential whether it be in educational institutions, public areas or workplaces.

Racial Discrimination: Being More Than Just Colour

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