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Four-part series on SARI in The Hindu!

Written by Sangita Vyas on January 4th, 2017

The Hindu just ran a four-part series covering the Social Attitudes Research for India (SARI) Survey. SARI uses a sampling frame based on mobile phone subscriptions, random digit dialing, within-household sample selection, and statistical weights to build representative samples of adults 18-65 years old. So far, we’ve interviewed 1,270 adults in Delhi and 1,470 adults in Uttar Pradesh. Through this study, we are trying to learn about people’s perceptions and attitudes towards socially excluded groups, and experiences of discrimination faced by Dalits and Muslims.

In the first op-ed, Diane and Amit discuss perceptions of inter-caste marriage. About 40% of respondents in Delhi and more than 60% in rural Uttar Pradesh said that there should be laws to stop marriages between upper castes and lower castes.

In the second, they discuss how common it is for people to report that their household practices untouchability. Among non-Dalit Hindus in Delhi, a third said that someone in their household practices untouchability. In Uttar Pradesh, half of adults said that someone practices it.

In the third op-ed, Amit discusses the opposition of caste-based reservations, and the reasons people give for their opposition.

In the final op-ed, Diane talks about how common it is for women to eat last. One in three adults in Delhi, and six in ten adults in U.P. said they lived in households where men eat first. Since infants get all of their nutrition in early life from their mothers, moms eating last has important implications for child health.