Inclusion of Muslims and Dalits into SC

The Union government has appointed Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, the former Chief Justice of India, headed a three-person Commission of Inquiry to determine whether Dalits who have converted to religions other than Sikhism and Buddhism should be granted SC status. Two years have been set as the deadline for the Commission’s report. Let’s trace the history of how Scheduled Caste eventually came to include Dalit Muslims and Christians.