29 August 2007

Why Caste is not a problem.

Too many people and their writings have pissed me off. They say that caste is a social problem. I, for the first time have come across people who call solution a problem! caste is not a problem, discrimination is.

.................after a month..............

When I sit down to write about caste after reading Ambedkar`s The Annihilation of Caste I am confused. I must be honest here. I have tried to assimilate all confused thoughts bellow.

Difference divides. Nationality, language, religion; the list is endless. All these divide people. Division creates not only diversity but also bias. caste is one such difference that promotes discrimination.

If I have to go by Ambedkar caste is the worst by product of a society; Hindus are a defeated group; worst still Hindus are not even a group; there is no racial support for caste; what to speak of a religion that is responsible for creation of a class of people who are not even fit for touching and dining together.

I am sorry I am more optimistic. Ambedkar says "YOU" are responsible for caste. Rama was cheap fellow (feminists agree! He put seeta to so much trouble...); he killed shambhuka because he was a Shudra; Killed Vaali (who was a shudra!) unjustly. Manu was an evil. Well, I can not imagine so much. {Kuvempu says "Kalpanege kechchiral katti kaana"!}

I must say one thing: victims view is just one of the views, may neither be right nor reasonable. Ambedjar`s non-cooparation to freedom movement speaks a lot. His frustration can not be taken for reasons to attack a system instead of attacking what is bad in the system. I leave Ambedkar`s writings behind saying only that Budhism is`t any better and Ambedkar`s contribution in creating one of the world`s progressive constitution, overwhelms any weakness we may want to attribute to him. There is no denying he was a scholar, I do not hesitate to believe he experienced and understood something beyond I am capable of. But, I do not agree with him.

To continue.............


~rAGU

2 comments:

  1. Cannot agree more. Unfortunately every line drawn- like higher caste/lower caste, fair skinned/ dark-skinned, North Indian/ South Indian.. becomes a breeding ground for discrimination. I dont know if we can seperate both the processes. Waiting for the sequel to this post.

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  2. I think I will argue that caste is similar division and write about my my views on why THERE WILL BE DISCRINATION even when caste is gone. I have an eye on "Anihilation of Caste"... too let us see.

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