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Minority Rights and Democracy in India

Minority Rights and Democracy in India

Minority Rights and Democracy in India
Peter Ronald deSouza

In the town of Therwil, with a population of not more than 10,000, in the canton of Basel in Switzerland, a handshake was offered and was declined. Two young boys, brothers aged 14 and 15, refused to shake the hand of their teacher, a woman, on the grounds that it was against their religion to touch a woman who was not a member of their family. Their request for exemption, against a common cultural tradition in Switzerland where the teacher greets each student with a handshake at the start and the close of each class, was accepted by the school authorities. In a gesture of conciliation, ...

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