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Introduction
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This chapter takes up the challenge of identifying such an ethical framework. It argues that the Synoptic Healing Stories not only offer us a broad ethical paradigm to critique caste but also offer us specific ethical principles of liberative action which can be pertinent in the context of caste-based discrimination. In the context of the synoptic healing stories, faith can be understood as being manifest in the initiative taken in approaching Jesus to be healed and the persistence of those who seek healing for themselves. Thus, faith can be understood as also being related to discipleship. Therefore, in conclusion we can say that the synoptic healing stories enable Dalit theology to use the rhetoric of ethical imperative in relation to both the Dalits and the non Dalits that makes them consciously reject their manifold psychological enslavements and gives them the necessary impetus to work towards emancipation be it of the self or the other.