Each minute of our life is a lesson but most of us fail to read it. I thought I would just add my daily lessons & the lessons that I learned by seeing the people around here. So it may be useful for you and as memories for me…….
The article was written by Aryan….
Imagine being rejected by society since birth and being denied access to certain human rights because of your birth status in the community. In this article I am not pointing any person, or any group. Just I am explaining the pain that I faced in my life.
It’s the Life’s story of a person who is still treated on the status of his birth..
26 years ago……when I was 9 years old…I had a friend called Shastri. Shastri, I and few more friends used to play every day in our street.
One day as usually after our play I, Shastri and my friends went to his house.Sastri brought me water while I was sitting in front of his grandmother. As I was drinking water, his mother asked me “my son, what is your name?”
I said “I am Aryan”
Then she asked “which community you belong to?”
What does your father do?
Till then none asked me that question, I thought for a while to make my words and said “I am from Backward Caste i.e Rajaka.”
She became serious hearing me…She shouted bluntly at shastri and forced him to not touch the glass.
All my friends were staring at me. At that moment I felt like a thief caught while robbing. Everyone there was watching me so.
While she was screaming at shastri “he was unclean, with a filthiness that had affected his family. Clean the house” I moved from there silently.
That day I understood I was born at the bottom of Hinduism’s complex social ladder.
I came from a poor family. When my mother asked for Fee concession to join me in school, school Principal asked “Which community you belong to?”
In the school I was made to sit in the Last rows, the reason is “I am from Backward Caste”.
Even my friends used to ask me frequently “Which community you belong to?”
Even the girl, who proposed me her love, left me because “I am from Backward Caste”.
In the college which I studied my Head of Department ask me “Which community you belong to?” in order to allow me for the Campus Recruitment Drive in the college.
You may believe it or not in even in one of my Job Interviews, Interviewer asked me “Which community you belong to?”
I faced the same question from many individuals in every phase and turn of my life…
Years later, i.e. today people call me something else.
Life is good for me, sitting in my office with good clothes, good food, good life style; it is like I am high-caste.
In the past few years I felt Caste and caste traditions lost its grip with economic growth as well as with globalization.
Recently I went to one of my colleague’s house, when we all were taking tea and chatting, suddenly her mother asked me “which community you belong to?”
I said….“I am from Backward Caste”.
Her smile vanished slowly. She said “I’ll get snacks” and moved from there.
Then I realized My Guess was Wrong…..nothing changed……
Days passed into years, years passed into decades but Hinduism’s complex social ladder still exists as a barrier in society
In caste tradition there has been no change.
I am well settled, having great family, I haven’t got any bad habits, I am well Educated, Into Great profession, I am greeted with respect on the streets. But I am from Backward Caste…
I wish to see my future generation, where none poses the question i.e. “Which Community you belong to?”
The castes in AndhraPradesh can be divided into two distinct categories. Brahmin, Komati, Reddy, Kamma, Velama, Kapu, Nayudu, Relli, Mala, Madiga, Yeraka, Yanadi etc., castes are based on their tribal, cultural and religious differences, while the castes like Chakali (washerman), Kummari (potter), Kammari (smith), Kamsali (goldsmith), Mangali (barber) etc are based on their duties.
With a few exceptions like the Brahmin caste, all these castes are uniquely localized in AndhraPradesh. Each caste has a deity and distinct social formalities. The interaction between various castes is difficult because of these religious, cultural and tribal considerations.
Today, all the castes (tribes) in AndhraPradesh are categorized into four groups, viz., Forward Communities (FC), Backward Communities (BC), Scheduled Castes (SC), and Scheduled Tribes (ST).
What Do we Get?
I would like mention few funny, senseless & useless actions that many perform in their day-to-day life with casteism roots in their mind.
By appending community name with individuals name What Do we Get?
What Do we Get? by celebrating Film Actors birthday or Movie Release who belong to our community.
What Do we Get? by placing Community Persons names to geographical places
What Do we Get? by rejecting marriage proposals of children who like to marry other caste or religion person.
What Do we Get? by allowing only few community individuals into temples.
By conducting community gatherings What Do we Get?
By placing the pics or images of our community leaders What Do we Get?
By moving close with own community people What Do we Get?
By criticizing others based on race, caste, religion What Do we Get?
Even though there is no benefit from political leaders to society Why Do People support such leaders by considering community.
Why Caste Discrimination is increasing in colleges, offices.
Why to include caste, religion options in the school admission, college admission, job applications.
Think Before You Act. Community of an Individual is not Important, Character of an Individual is Important.
I don’t understand what the hell people are going to get with this diversity basing on Caste.
Did Caste Give Birth to You…?
Is Caste going to keep you into Correct Path…?
Is Caste going to teach you Morals….?
Is Caste going to provide you livelihood or Job..?
Is Caste going to Feed You for lifelong…?
Is Caste going to change your life…?
Is Caste going to Educate you or make you literate..?
Is Caste going to fetch you Fame, Name and Health ….?
Is Caste going to make you Rich.?
Is Caste going to drag the people towards you…?
Is Caste going to add meaning to your Life….?
Is Caste going to make you Immortal?
Is Caste going to change your fate or fortune?
The strife between various groups is part of a worldwide phenomenon, which affected all kinds of human relations for thousands of years.
The reasons for hostilities between different tribes/castes/religions/nationalities are mostly prejudice, jealousy, self-righteousness, partisan politics etc.,
Caste System discharges many dysfunctions. These are listed below.
- Social Problems
- Social Inequality
- Oppose to Democracy
- Hindrance to the Development of personality
- Obstacle to social progress
- Obstacle to social unity
- Retards Social Solidarity
- Denies of Mobility of Labor
To avoid caste, creed feelings , lets stop differentiating and praising high or low about our religion and lets think each one as humans.
Government should stop asking about community certificates for admissions in schools and colleges.
Allotting admission seats into medical / engineering colleges based on caste should be avoided, rather it should be taken in a very fair manner or every candidate should be given opportunities,if not in that university he/she should be given seat into some other university, nominated by the government alone.
Today I think total INDIA is rooted up with the caste feeling. Many are suffering from it….
I need answers for some of the questions…..
First of all….
What is Castism???
Why this Castism???????
What is the use of castism??
Will caste helps us in any way??
Why the same caste people will group up??
Why don’t they involve other people to join them??
Why don’t they help other castes people??
Is there any way to eradicate the caste feeling in schools, colleges, offices, society, etc??
How to motivate people who feel proud of showing racial feeling???
Will there be change in the mind sets of people????
Ways to Handle Castism:
1.Do not ask caste/religion in any application form or in any survey/census like admission to school, ration card, job application etc.
2 Provide reservation to jobs and higher education in following manner: Farmer’s sons 30%, rural people 10%, physically handicapped 5% and women 5%. No reservations should be caste/religion based.
3. Abolish Waif Boards and Waif portfolio.
4. Remove religion from governance. Government should have no say in religion. Government should concentrate only on economic issues should keep quite when it comes to religion.
5.Make family planning compulsory and no one should be spared.
6. Uniform Civil Code be brought making all religions equal in the eyes of law
Is it wrong to ask this question…? If it is a mistake to ask this question…you may remove this thread…!
I personally think, One should have respect towards their community, but it doesn’t mean that we have to hurt the feelings, opinions, beliefs and restrict the freedom of others.
Finally I would like to conclude .. India is a country with diversity.so we should learn to tolerate and respect each others religions, caste.we should abolish religion or caste based organizations.
We,the people of India,should unite and work together for the country’s progress.we should show unity in diversity.we should abolish the system of castism ,racism.we should also educate others about it. Every one of us got birth in the similar fashion, with the purpose to lead a happy, meaningful and peaceful life.
Please Live and Let Live….
Please feel free to share your story and any lessons you learned, you experienced , you came across in your life in the comments below.