Caste Sytem – Why is no one talking about abolishing it?
What does abolishing the caste system mean?
What does abolishing the caste system means? To some it means raising the level of backward caste to the same level of other castes so that they are all equal. To me that is not correct. That is a soceity were caste system exists and all castes are treated equal.
Abolishing the caste system means that there will be no caste. No one would be identied by a caste. Every hindu will be just that…Hindu. No Brahmins. No Kshatriyas. No Vaishyas. No Shudras. No Dalits……Only Hindus!!!
Anybody you talk to would agree that the caste system is an evil that has plagued the hindu society for thousands of years. As with every evil, this one should die as well but why is no one talking about abolishing it? Why isn’t there a single voice asking for it?
There could be a multitude of reasons for it.
Now Let us try to examine why different groups are not advocating abolishing the caste system.
You won’t see a lot of forward caste people advocating abolishing the caste system. This is because in their heart they have not accepted it that all castes are equal. They still hold the superiority feeling about their caste and would not want to let go of it. I can see a lot of people coming out against this statement but if you look around that there are only a handful few who genuinely believe in equality of all. Others just talk about it for discussions and arguments sake. Some talk about equality because of the fear of the law. Some are frustrated because of the bad side effects of reservations that they are willing to treat the BCs as equals But only few talk about it from the heart. We need a lot more forward caste people to feel from the heart that everybody is made equal.
Most of them can’t even dream of it let alone talk about it. They have been opressed for so long that thinking in terms of equality is just beyond most of them. They are more worried about surviving in their day to day life that there is little time left to think about anything else. Most of them have just accepted it that they are destined to be opressed and hence go on living their life without questioning it.
Then there is a group of “Elite BC” who has made some advancement in life and are well aware of the benefits of the government programmes that are run for the benefit of BCs. These elitist BCs do not want to let go of these opportunities. They want to use/misuse it to all their advantage and where would the advantage be if the caste system was abolished? Then why talk about it? In the academic arguments these elitist would be the first one to talk about the evils of caste system but they will never talk about abolishing it. There might be a few thinking about it but I have not heard any voices yet.
Which political party would risk losing a vote bank? Yes, the political parties will not do it because for every party it is a vote bank. Be it SP, BSP or Congress. The political parties are in fact interested in keeping the caste system alive. The resaons are the same why the britishers wanted it and that is divide and rule. This is the disgusting fact about our political parties. Even those who are the so called “protectors” of the backward caste. The unwillingness of the political parties hurts us the most. Even more than the unwillingness of the “Forward” and the “Backward” caste. It is a shameful fact that we cannot rely on our politician to do any good to the society.
So what can we do about it?
To begin with we can start talking about it. We should use all the possible means of communication to spread the word. There are a lot of wellwishers of the backward caste in the internet community and I hope they will take up this cause. Even though there might differences in the manner in which one would like to go about it but establishing this common goal would be the first step. All should agree first that the caste system should be abolished and then we can start discussing about the modalities.
We should start a discussion about this in the media, both print and electronic, circulate chain emails, start a petition online.
Start raising your voice and soon you will see that they are being heard.
“kaun kehta hai aasman mein surakh nahi ho sakta,
ek pathar to tabiyat se uchhalo yaaron“
(who says the sky cannot be pierced, one just needs to throw a stone towards it with all one’s heart)