“There were misconceived attempts by some NGOs to equate racism with caste-based discrimination which is based on birth and occupation and has nothing to do with the race of a person.”
Earlier this year in April the Indian government had succeeded in having caste discrimination ignored in the resolution during the World Conference on Racism held in Geneva. One can, of course, debate the technicalities of equating caste and racism but then racism has always been used in different senses and there is no reason why the definition cannot be extended to include caste disrimination. After all, the UN does not define racism per se, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism Discrimination states that:
the term “racial discrimination” shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life. (source)
There is a slight change in terminology this time, and the verbage in the draft resolution used is “effective elimination of discrimination based on work and descent” rather than racism. Maybe this will do the trick!