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26 August 2012

Low Casts in Hindus: We Indians violate human rights as long as we follow caste system...

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Imagine yourself in place of the man in a manhole in Channai (Madras), India 
Indian form of Apartheid: It is a clear case of Human Rights' violation...

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Name a profession and we have a caste for it. It is not essential for you to follow the profession that is depicted by your caste; yet, in spite of your present job you will be branded with the profession based caste, your ancestors belonged to. 

Harry Potter would have been fighting against social discrimination, had that character born in India. Because the 'Potters' do not belong to the so called upper-castes category in India. Similarly, former Russian head of state Stalin who ruled the USSR from  6 May 1941 to 5 March 1953 until his death, should be thankful to the almighty for giving him birth in Russia rather than in India; lest he would have been treated as an untouchable, because he was born to a cobbler (shoemaker). 

We should stop talking about democracy and human rights as long as the words dalits, low castes, shudras, and the names of a few castes that are used as abuses exist in our vocabulary.

The castes in India are also considered and practiced as upper-castes and lower-castes. People belonging to lower castes are treated, as untouchables in this modern era of corporate world and are not even permitted to enter the temples of their religion. On the other hand people of the upper caste even use prefixed titles before their names for declaring their caste with pride; whereas, the dalits would be looked-down if their inherited identity is disclosed.

In a recent TV show 'Satyamev Jayate' hosted by film-star Amir Khan, the dalits belonging to Christian, Muslim and Sikh religions have disclosed the inhuman treatment meted out to them. In today's India the low-caste Dalit Christians have their own Churches as the normal Churches are out of bounds for them. Dalit Muslims said on the TV show that they are treated as low cast and untouchables once they leave the gates of Mosques or Id-gahs. Even in Pakistan there is rampant discrimination between upper-cast and lower-cast Muslims. Similarly, Mazhabi Sikhs also face rampant discrimination in their society. 

Naturally, the social discrimination described in the preceding paragraph is specifically present among the people, converted from Hindu religion to Christianity, Islam and Sikhism and among those who are living in  India, Bangladesh and Pakistan or elsewhere.

Watch the video of Satyamev Jayate, Based on Untouchability and titled as 'Dignity for all': 
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ3XV_6hJac&feature=player_embedded

The system of arranged marriage is one of the core foundations of the caste-system prevailing in our country (India).  The violators of arranged marriage system are either declared out-castes or are even assassinated, if any boys and girls belonging to different castes of the same religion attempt to marry. There are reports of mob violence and riots taking place in rural areas as a result of inter-caste marriages.

Dalits (low castes) are not only found in the modern days, in Hidus, even the dalits who have been converted into other religions also are branded as low-castes. The caste based social discrimination is also used by politicians as a tool for inflating their vote banks for winning elections by unfair means. 

Thousands of years back, the local village-heads discovered and implemented castes just for keeping slaves for doing all the chores for them. We will have to remove all the castes from the Hindus and let everyone live with self-respect, dignity and peace. If we do it today we will be remembered by our future generations in the time to come.


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- Harish Jharia

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