Caste System- India’s Enduring Curse

“I am so happy that same sex marriage is allowed in most of the other countries now. Soon in future, it’ll be legal in India too”, said Ashi to Sahir.
“Yeah, by the way you spoke to your dad about our marriage?”, Sahir asked her.
Ashi replied,” No way, our caste is different. Not happening”.

The dominant role played by this caste system in our society is as old as one can go back in time. India is a land of some of the greatest religions but in this greatness, lies some wicked practices which have shackled the basic social and economic layers of our society. This caste system about which when one talks, and thinks only about the Hindu society, is prevailing in Islam, Buddhism and other religions too.

In Vedic society, although original caste belonged upon a person’s work, but soon it became hereditary. The three upper caste i.e. Brahmins, Kshatriya, Vaishya tried to oppress the lowest caste i.e. Shudra, and also each other to show their domination. With the passage of time, things became even worse for Shudras and some of them were even categorised as “Untouchables”. Even their shadow was considered to be “polluted” and “poisonous”; such was the domination of priestly class on religion as they were the key role-players in defining faith and their directions were “universally accepted” by the people. This was due to the fact that they were considered to be nearest to the God.

But with the advent of Buddhism, a great change was seen in the society as Gautam Buddha condemned caste system and planted the seeds of “All being equal in the eyes of God” in the society. Profound transformation was observed in the society and people adopted Buddhism for to be treated equal, but soon after the demise of Buddha, matters in Buddhism got worse as it was divided in Hinayana and Mahayana sect and they too stated to observe caste system. This was the very first blow to the “positive change and modification” which was slowly and steadily growing in the society.

With the arrival of one of the greatest Abrahamic religion in India i.e. Islam, significant amount of changes were seen. One of them was people adopting Islam as it peached the teaching of oneness. But Muslims were also divided into classes. These classes are drawn from several sources – the “Mughal and Pathan” were ethnic groups while the “Qureshi” came from the Prophet Muhammad’s clan in Mecca. Although Sufism’s efforts to diminish caste system was immense, the domination of these caste over the others can be still seen in Indian Muslim society.

The “Two Nation theory” during Freedom struggle and then the partition of the nation was also one of the indirect cause of “caste system”. The isolation of high class people from each other and also other religions, gave Britishers a subject to play with and “Divide and Rule” policy was adopted. This curse was just getting darker with each day but we kept enduring and ignoring it at the same time.

With the glimpse of Independent India in very near future, the work to build nation on one line was widely seen. Chairman of the Drafting Committee B.R Ambedkar and other representatives worked immensely on the constitution so that the future of India could be carried on equal shoulders and this stigma of caste domination could be removed. The Fundamental rights, which are the soul of the constitution, provided an insight on how great our nation can become. Special provisions like reservation, protection of rights of SC and ST were provided so that the society can be uplifted as soon as possible.

What measures our forefathers provided to demolish the caste system were in-fact, apt at that time. Reservation was the only remedy which could bring people on equal front in terms of social and economic life. But they did not know that roots of caste domination have grown so much in the soil of Indian nation, and with the watering of “vote bank” and “communal politics”, it would only grow much more strong. Reservation instead of bringing people together, started dividing them.

In this confused and tensed situation, different commissions were setup. Kala Kalelkar Commission report was straight away rejected as it asked to provide 70% reservation to backward classes and Mandal commission report led to wide agitation as it led to oveall 49.5% quota in government jobs. What we failed to see is that only caste is not the sole reason which leads to the oppression of the people but with that it is economic condition too. The criteria for reservation to uplift the oppressed people in county with 100+ crore people, still gives a gloomy picture.

To get over this long lasting curse of caste system, reservation which was thought to be a remedy have now become a plague as it is now leading to division of the society too. Patels in Gujarat and Jat agitation in Haryana to include them under reservation shows a sign of it.

Are we Indians really hypocrites? We’ve seen nations rising above hatred, over inconvenient dogmas, over faulty practices, but in our nation, whom APJ Kalam wanted to see as Superpower in 2020 A.D, people want to be called backward just to get “special” privilege from the government. Instead of leaving this curse, we want to reap it just to get some undeserved fruit. We have seen people fighting in the name of secularism, nationalism, tolerance debate but for the very first time, we are viewing people who ae fighting to be called backward. Irony, isn’t it?

We are caught in the vicious circle of “caste system” and “reservation” which is only leading to worsen the situation. The only way to get out of it is making the very basic foundation of our Indian society more strong which have been corroded by this faulty practice. No one in this world can save us than ourselves. It is us who, to our children, our parents, our little ones can tell that where we stand due to this caste system and “education” is the only measure to strengthen this foundation. Of-course, it’ll take time. It is supposed to.

We have to understand that “the lamps are different, but light is the same”. Caste system can’t be fully removed by reservation. Even the curse of this caste- system can’t be removed fully, as it has penetrated in our culture with a robust style. In the diverse county as India is, with huge population, we can’t expect every person to not practice caste system, but at the same time we have to understand that, “The only lower caste man is the one who considers other as same.”

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22 thoughts on “Caste System- India’s Enduring Curse

  1. Good work tahir…. Plus point of your essay is you don’t target any community or religion(nowadays that is doing by media already ….. 😛 )…but in the beginning of your essay you raise the topic of intercaste marriages… But you didn’t justify the whole idea about why ancient people was against this practice(girl will not adjust in their environment but that was financial issue)…. And that doesn’t fit in today’s scenario… Yeah you are right this can’t be removed from the society and reservation system is increasing the society gap because the very first time today’s youth come to know about the caste system is when they start preparing for any entrance exam whether it is for clg admission or govt job. That is the time when they come to know about this caste system… And they start developing a haterd inside them because an undeserved candidate got the position just because of reservation… So time has come that this reservation system has to be based on financial condition not on caste system.. Bs yhi thode Bht points the meri side se… Nice work done by you… Almost you have covered all the points..

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  2. Assalaam Wailukkum Bhaijaan!!
    swag haaan!!……suno suno..jabrdasti apne blog pe comment krate hai yeh bhai………….. hahaha:)
    a)hindu muslim budh>>>>>>kya baat lajabab>>>>great.
    b)two nation theory??………….hmmmmm………….yeh to do community pe base thi>>>hin -mus>> i mean caste to intra community cheez hai>> jaise hindu several varna main bate hai; sikh bate hue hai; momdn; christian too>>>to is theory ka yeha hona alag na laga…………..(imo umi)
    c)curse>>kahi btaya ni ki kya curse>>jaise society se exclusion; menial work opression; low wages; discrimination>tmple;public property main; gar hr stage pe i mean ancient se modern tak aisa btate to awsom blosome ho jata.
    aapka main focus unko uplift kaise kia jaye waha jyada tha>>>curse km laga:):)
    d) reservation ko oportunity se curse kaise bna yeh btaya >>coooooool:):)
    e) intro mastt thi pr aaj concl main mazzza ni aaya >>>aap to ustad h is pe:):)
    thank u bhaijaan…………….GBU:):)
    mera eassy pd ke aap ko gussa ane wala h to>>>>>clm dwn uday clm dwn pehle hi bol dun:):)

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    1. Hahahahah!! Hello my dear! 🙂 walekum salaam!
      Yes, aaj thoda apt nhi h essay, mjhe bhi laga ye to! conclusion b aivey aivey hi h!
      karta tera review! God bless you too my friend 🙂
      And me nhi hota gussa aivey aivey hi 😛

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  3. Hello Tahir. my views-
    1. Amazing start.
    2. Very balanced content.
    3. Flow- a bit disturbed in later half.
    4. Though reservation issue is perfectly defined but dont you think you restricted urself to it? People have that mentality at the first place which needs change.
    5. Conclusion- thoda weak laga.
    Overall, at one go i can see the problem with flow and connectivity between paras. Minute details i stated earlier. Baki your essay had a nice structure as well and it was balanced. So keep writing and ATB!
    We’ll improve with time. Have a look at mine as well, if you get time and be critical 🙂
    Thanks.

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    1. Hey Isha!
      1) Thanks 🙂
      2) Thanks again *_*
      3,4,5) actually to be true, essay badda narrow likha hai aaj mene! i know, could have been better!
      Yes, we will for sure! Pkka! All the best to you too 🙂

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  4. Hi friend, Your intro is good but you can certainly improve on latter half.
    Try to have a continuity in going from one para to the next one.
    Overall good essay but conclusion should be strong to give a good impression 🙂

    Keep writing. Thank you brother 🙂

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  5. hello tahir,
    first of all, all religions are great. you should not write that india is home to some of the great religions.
    content wise you could have written much better. (i do not know your previous writings)
    flow was a bit off in the later half
    conclusion could be much better
    include legal measures like civil rights, human rights, wage equality and other things as well.
    i hope you take this constructively.
    keep writing and you will improve.
    and yes followed your blog 😀

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    1. Hey Karan
      Yeah actually the essay i wrote this time is bit narrow, missed many dimensions! Will try to do much better next time!
      You can be as much critical as you want to be! 🙂
      I’ll review yours when you write(and followed back) 😀
      Thanks for the review! 🙂

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  6. Yes bhaiya you are right caste system is something that can never be eradicated from our country. Overall your essay is nice with really good content but the conclusion should be much impactful and strong.
    Views on reservation- Mr. Ambedkar introduced reservation system on caste basis but what I feel is reservation should be on the basis of income criteria as every SC/ST or OBC is not poor and every general is not rich because the reservation system on the basis of caste system is not doing justice with the students or the one applying for jobs.

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    1. Hey Tanny 😛
      yeah, i agree with you! Conclusion was a bit weak, but whatever you said was solely based on conclusion! i guess you loved my weak conclusion 😀 I’ll improve from next time! Thanks for the review love day! 😀
      PS:
      1) Intro wali story samajh aai na? Name thode se hi change kie h 😐
      2) aur agli baar momos lete aana! *_*

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  7. Hello Tahir,( sorry for being delayed.. 😦 )
    1.Essay writing test is basically for testing ones interpretation and perception.Although your knowledge of Gs from Budhism,Muslims,Two nation theory… Dr BR Ambedkar is quite vast but put your ideas more rather than facts
    Because what is your take in the given context matters the most
    2. Liked the line lights are different but lamp is same just elaborate a bit.
    3 Rest fine… i hope you get my point… keep writing and reviewing…. ( maine bhi likha hai if time permits please padhiyega jarur… :))

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    1. Hello Jaya! Aapki sorry aapko hi mubarak ho! Indeed Happy holi 🙂
      Hmm! i got your points! Essay is also not that much critical or multi- dimensiona alsol! Missed many things!
      I’ll review yours today and then aapke review ka answer bhi de dunga tabhi! 🙂

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  8. Good one brother,,, very informative.. chronology was very good
    you can suggest some solutions
    also talk about caste based reservation in private firms ..aajkal laane ki baat ho rahi hai
    brain drain ka ek reason ye bhi hai
    urban areas me kaise kam ho raha hai uski baat kar sakte ho.. how it is progressing..and hw the caste system is diluting
    baaki conclusion can be improved.. sirf reservation ki baat nahi hai… kya pata reservation pe examiner k kya views ho… to conclusion aisa do jo generalised sa ho..
    baaki maine likha nahi tha to I haven’t walked in your shoes… so criticism may be invalid here 😛
    keep writing !!

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    1. To be true, this is not exactly an essay but just some “typical criticism of reservation”. i too felt it. Next time se aisi galti nhi hogi pkka!! Pinky promise 😀
      Thanks 🙂

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  9. I don’t know why people are saying that this essay is based more on ‘reservation’. It is in the later paras, that you have delved into reservation but I feel that initial paras were completely relevant and justified the word ‘enduring’-required a historical touch indeed. Could have given contemporary examples of temple entry and all. In suggestions, you can add the cosmopolitan outlook, forces of urbanization (that even shape the mentality), strong laws, implementation, real life examples (recently DM of some district ate hand made food of a Dalit women-can check on civilsdaily)

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