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Getting Back to Casteism and Communalism in India

Updated on May 25, 2015
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In the evening of March 30, 2013 in Rohtak district in Haryana, two young men, Vikram and Sudir, aged 22 and 10 respectively were killed, when they are returning home after work. Going back to the reason behind that atrocity, it dates back to June 2012. If we take a deep look, the details are - Gurchadi ritual in marriages is practiced in many parts of North India. Gurchadi means when a bride groom mounts on a horse to travel to the bride's house. But this ritual is an issue between Dalits and Jats, a dominant community. The Jat community people feel that, the Gurchadi ritual is their sole right and dalits should not follow it.

Root cause


And coming to the incident, in June 2012, in a marriage ceremony in a dalit's family who were following the Gurchadi ritual, a girl from the bride groom's family was teased by some members of dominant community. As a result of that teasing one of the youngsters of Jat community was beaten up. After some days, a dalit youngster was set upon by some of the youngsters of the dominant community, when Vikram rescued him. In response to that the same evening his younger brother was beaten up by Jat youth.

This is the root cause behind the cruelty that happened on March 30, 2013 when Vikram and Sudir were killed.

And this is not the only incident of discrimination of dailts in Haryana. If we go on taking the examples there are many that come to light. Another such example is, on April 13, in Pabnawa village, Kaithal district, some 83 Dalit homes were vandalised and looted following the marriage of a Dalit youth to a girl from the dominantRor community of the village. The couple are now in a state-run protection home; their entry to their village is permanently barred.

Action of government


And many people started protesting against these atrocities, but that will be called out after the involvement of some political leaders and fake promises that are never kept.
The government too is blind folded towards these. The dalit people there even complained that, inspite of having a good education they are forced out from doing high jobs and work. They said that the dominant community feels that only their group must be developed.
Fate and future must be designed by one's self. Do you think there is an involvement of caste and community in deciding the future and career?

Environment


This makes me feel that may be the dalits are backward by community and caste, but the dominant group people are more backward by their thoughts. Development should come from one's inside. At such a tender teen age, do they really know what is discrimination, and if we think about the roots of discrimination in their thoughts, anyone know, from where they started their growth.

They are dare enough to kill another person. If at all the government policies and actions are quick and strict, do they take such dare? What about the education? In Haryana there had been an almost a 50 per cent incerese in crimes against Dalits between 2005 and 2013. From 162 cases in 2005, the numbers had risen to 238 until January 2013. And why the government is not going further against these atrocities?

After the March 30 incident, no single ruler from the ruling party made a visit to the victim's house. What does this means?

Great people


We all know the struggle that Dr. B.R. Ambedkar faced as a dalit, in his childhood, when people of upper caste rikshaw walas rejected him to take to a place only because he belongs to Mahar, a dalit community. That insult he faced that day made him draft our constitution and a national hero.

May be a dalit or a dominant, our lives are interdependent on one another. In one way are the other need arises when one needs other's help. Living in such a society and such a situation, why this hatred and inferiority and superiority rules us? Only we will be the sufferers because of these internal conflicts, which makes the intruders and outsiders to settle among us and dominate us.

If we go back to the days of British rule and think deep about the root of their authority, it is we ourselves gave them a chance to dominate us by supporting them for the destruction of others among us, which at last resulted in our self destruction and slavery.

Whoever we may be, a dalit or a dominant, we have to remember one thing that we belong to one family, INDIA. And we all are INDIANS.

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      Gone are the days when marriages were executed by parents; The times when a Punjabi marrying a Punjabi or a Bengali marrying a Bengali was the norm. Welcome to 2013 where inter-caste marriages are quickly becoming the season’s flavors and why shouldn’t they? Everyone knows that India is a diverse land that boasts of being a mother to different cultures. But what’s the point of having so many different cultures when people snarl at the very thought of their integration?

      There is something new to learn in different cultures and we, as Indians should feel proud of having such a strong and traditional backbone with us.

      But when some of these people get offended at the thought of their son/daughter marrying into a different caste, a sense of anger sweeps me.

      What is the problem in a South Indian marrying a Punjabi or vice versa? Why do educated people talk like uneducated pigs when their family member steps out of his/her caste for marriage? Why do people have to be such haters?

      In my opinion, an inter caste marriage should be applauded by one and all as the amalgamation of different cultures will put an end to mindless racism and discrimination on the basis of caste in our exotic land. Wouldn’t you want your next generation to be more peace loving and more socially acceptable to different kinds of people in the world? So, are you ready to take the plunge and applaud inter-caste marriages?

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      What steps can be taken to convince the people to accept the inter-caste marriages trend?

      It is the responsibility of the younger generation to make their elders realize that the rigid caste system is morbid and has a dark future ahead. The youngsters can take various steps on their part to demolish this system:

      • The girl or boy should be introduced as a friend to the family and be allowed to earn their love and respect

      • The qualities of the person you love should be highlighted in front of the family members

      • Try to learn the customs of each other’s caste. This will enable you to earn the love of the family members

      • Try and show your family members how this kind of systems are obstructing the progress of the nation

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      Inter caste marriage should be encourage..bcoz if people take this step then castesim and religion based discrimination should be stop itself..we all are human being..God never created any caste and religion..even God dnt has any caste and religion...did you know that God belong to which caste and religion..then keep shut your mouth about this stupid varan system and caste system okh.. In ancient times, caste system had the seeds of liberalism. It provided the right and opportunity to get to the top from the humblest origin and earn the respect of the whole society. For example, Vashishtha, the principal of the conservative school of Brahmanism, was the son of Uravshi, a prostitute. Vishwamitra, the maker of the very Gayatri Mantra, the quintessence of the Vedic Brahmanism, was a Kshatriya. Aitreya, after whom the sacramental part of Rig-Veda is named as Aitreya Brahamana, was the son from a non-Aryan wife of a Brahman sage. Vyasa of Mahabharata fame was the son of a fish-woman and he was not ashamed of his origin. Balmiki, an untouchable according to present standards, the original author of Ramayana, is highly respected all over India..And only you can make it good or bad this inter caste marriage. Depends upon how much importance u give to these meaningless and stupid values. And how much importance u give to other people who value these meaningless things. U have to see how much u urself r attached to other people opinions. And since u r asking for opinion, it means u r attached to these meaningless things.

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      All human-beings are equal in the eyes of God.The human-beings have only created the caste system.There are good and bad people in both high caste as well as low caste.Ultimately,what matters to God is, whether one is a good person or striving to become one, or not.

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      Whenever someone’s ask you about your caste then your answer should be to them is:

      I am a Brahmin in knowledge,I am kshatriya in valor,I am vaishya in business,I m shudra in service

      In the end I am just sanatam dharmi hindu and nothing else..Then say you proud to be a hindu..

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      Many a time, man has taken birth in high caste and low caste; but this does not make him great or lowHaving been born in high caste man thinks himself to be great and being born in low caste thinks himself to be low and pitiable; both of these states of mind are wrong because many times man has been born in high and low castes. Hence, one should not be proud of having been born in high caste and not feel low if born in low caste family.

      Greatness has nothing to do with high caste. Man becomes great because of his noble work, exemplary character and becomes loathsome because of his immorality and evil conduct. Thus, it is his conduct only that decides his greatness or lowliness. Who does not know that high family born Ravana, Kansa, Duryodhana and others are censurable; whereas Metarya muni, Harikeshi muni and others, though born in low family, are venerable.

      Then, what is the importance of high or low caste?

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      Hindu (body) four community: brahmin (head) kshatriya (arm) vaishya (belly) shudra (feet) All these four community called as hindu. We all are parts of one body. Without each part our body is not complete. If we lost one part of our body then we become handicap. The human body is the entire structure of a human being. Human Body is considered so loving that God even wants to have it. Spiritual Yogis have found that after going through the 84 millions species this souls get the most dignified human body. So it is the last step to explore the God or to get the view of almighty father god. We know that the soul never dies it takes birth again and again just like as we take new clothes to wear the soul as it takes new body and it is an infinite process. But the body what we get in next birth depend on our karma that thas been cited in Gita by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. We all here to perform our duties. Our action makes our destiny and nothing else. The result is in the hand of supreme power. Karma is the seed of plant and if the seed is genuine it must be fruitful.

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      All stupid people living in India that's why this country can't be develop anymore as the other countries are well developed. Bcoz indian people live in caste-ism and egoist by nature especially who belong to upper class which is created by themselves not created by God.God only created human being..He didn't put any human in high and low category..This cheap things only created by some mad people itself who live in India..and they be proud by called themselves hindu..I am also hindu but I feel bad when every person who proudly said they are hindu but their thinking is so narrow minded..now its depend on human what they want to become Devil or Angel..Nobody is lower and higher by caste or religion..they become high and low by their behavior..Reservation should be stop itself when you all leave this stupid casteism..Say no caste and no community..All are hindu who live in hindustaan understood..

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      Hindu religion devided into four community….but again I m saying to all stupid people who living in india..caste and community only created by mentally sick people and who follow them they have something problem in their mind..four community name are Brahmin, kshatriya,vaishya,shurda…and its surprising we all India dnt know the exactly meaning of these four words..let me explain to you..brahmin means not that who born in high class..koi janam se uncha or nicha nhi hota hai.brahmin mean jo god ko janta hai usko apne samne dekha ho jisse brahma ka pata ho or apne acche karam se jana jaye na ki apni jaat se..agr Brahmin hone pr insaan ke karam gandhe hai toh who insaan ashudh mana jata hai who pavitr aatma nhi hoti hai…Kshatriya ka matlb hota hai weh yodha jo mantvta ki raksha hetu apne angg angg ko katva de..samksh praniyon ki raksha ke liye apni jaan kurbaan kr de or apne karam pr ghamand na dikhaye..Vaishya who hote hai jo apne kaam mein emaan dikhaye koi chori chakari na kre..apne kaam ko galat tareeqe se na kre..emaan ki kamai ko khaye haraam ki kamai ko haath na lagaye..Shudra ka matlb hota hai shudh or pavitr aatma….jis bande ke ander koi moh, maya, krodh or ahnkaar tak nhi hai jiska aacharn shudh ho or karam shudh ho wohi sacha shudra hai..jo apne karam par purn vishwaas rake…jiske karam ache nhi man mein ahnkaar hai who shudra nhi mana ja sakta hai..agr tum log shudra ko pero ka sathaan dete ko toh or unhe neecha mante ho toh kanjke pujna bandh kr do unke peron (feet) ko dohna unki puja krna bandh kr do..kisi devi devta ke mandir ja kr natmastak na ho or apne mata pita ke peron ko choo ke ashiwadh lena bandh kr do..

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      In ancient Hinduism we can easily see Examples where people from low caste moved to higher caste and there was no problem from society. For example Sage Valmiki, he was a Robber named Ratnakar, when he came across in influence of another Sage, he left his life and became a Brahmin. He also taught Lord Rama and was the Author of Ramayana.

      Apart from this old example we can also see the during the invasion of Alexander there was one powerful king who was ruling Magadha, His name was Dhananand and he was from Nanda Dynasty. His grandfather was the barber of the king who later on killed the king and became the King of Magadha.

      There are plenty of more examples which you can easily find. But right now Indians believe what is taught in their textbook which is inclined towards Max Muller theory and thus showing wrong abour Hinduism.

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      suhaani 3 years ago

      We always talk about religion and castesim but in reality there is no any caste and religion. We all are same our blood are same.then why we believe in discrimination. God never created any caste they made simple human being.. Mentally sick people take the path of fundamentalism and spread casteism and communism. They suffer from inferiority complex and divide the society into “we” and “they”. They (belonging either to higher or lower ranked caste) have a fear in their heart that if they do not get a higher place for themselves in society, “other” people are going to exploit them and going to put them down.They don’t have believe on themselves and their own work. They have doubt own their capability. People with negative mindset suffer from inferiority complex and divide society into compartments like higher castes or lower castes.and can’t tolerate “others” progress or well-being. They cannot work hard and cannot tolerate anybody else’s achievements. These are the people with negative mindset who believe in ranking some belonging to higher castes and/or some to lower castes. They are coward and they are unable to protect themselves…

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      Nishat Bangarh 3 years ago from Jalandhar , Punjab, India

      Casteism in India in really deep rooted . It can't be healed so easly . Great work .. keep in writing

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      daredevil7773 4 years ago

      Casteism and Communalism are the biggest roadblocks to a secular country. Amazing hub. Keep up the good work!