"India must be the only country in the world, where people fight to be called backward"
- Narayan Murthy
I am a chatting freak.. was chatting yesterday as usual.. Had the above sentence as my status line.. Suddenly a Messenger window popped up.. . She wanted to know what is it "being backward"
. She asked me which caste would she have belonged to if she was born in an Indian Family... I spent some time explaining to her about the caste system in India and the various levels of the so called "Jaatis"
.... I do not know how much she understood about the concept of "Jaati and Dharm" but it was something new for her.... and yes pretty confusing too...
For us..we Indians its so simple there is one higher caste and one lower caste.. So simple...
Yesterday the upper class tried to bully the lower class.. today the tables have turned.. The Lower class is bullying the Upper Class... And is succeeding as they constitute the major part of the Vote Bank...
Guess it is time that we redesign the caste system, bhramhins, shudras, shatriyas.. its all old... in this new millenium we can.. maybe .. think of a division based on the rich, the middle class and the poor.. we have the terms but they are not used... Nobody objects if u give to the poor..(guess somebody would protest to that even... the "tran samagri" never reaches the needy.. but isn't that the fault of the system)
... But people do object when u give to a person who was
What would the Dalit MLA have to say when he/she admits their offsprings under the quota to educational or govt. institutions.. What moral grounds do they have..
Its a common topic these days... "Oye Boss, y did i take birth in this so called higher class family??? i should better have been an SC/ST..."
There was a debate going on in a news channel.. A person said.. if u wanna have tit for tat every time.. u had given privileges to the upper class before so u r giving privileges to lower classes these days... then y not also retaliate the pain they had been given.. burn the upper class people.. Tit for Tat cannot be given everytime.. retaliation brings out the concept of Revenge... Shouldn't we not let go the past and think using a new perspective..
Can we not talk about equality... can we not talk about bringing both the backwards(as in poor and not according to caste) and the other people in the same platform by giving equal rights and taking care that those equal rights are not being missused and misdirected???
People should not try to find a better niche.. rather they can always try to make the place they are a better ecosystem...
I know still people look down upon the lowers as lowers... and the people from other religion as untouchables... wash their homes with ganga jal.. but its all old..the customs are old... when we buy a computer we dont' think that the processor was made in an american firm or the monitor was made in a japanese firm, the people who loaded the parts were blacks, the person who assembled it may be from some untochables
, the person who delivered it to ur house might have been a menial labour.. we accept it as an assembled computer... why can't we accept the different human beings in our neighbourhood as a group of people created and thus employed to serve each other...???? Who knows, the person who hands over ur paycheck everymonth which u accept so gladly my belong to a much lower caste than u.. how the hell does that matter.. just imagine if he was missing from his seat on the 30th of the month... how much impatient u become... u actually miss the person... Its all give and take.. How can a person who is so useful to u become an untouchable the next moment???
A bit more sensitivity and tolerance can change our neighbourhood if not the whole world a better place to survice in... Why can't the so called upper classes
tolerate the so called lower classes
when the so called lower classes
have tolerated the tyranny
of the whole society for such a long period of time???? Rather i should say.. why tolerate,,, when each is useful to the other??? can't it be living in harmony if not living as best friends ???Why ???Keywords
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