The Dalit

A few days from now world’s largest democracy, India, will choose its 14th president. The politicians will choose country’s first citizen and the supreme commander of armed forces based on prime qualification of being a Dalit. Both the presidential candidates have illustrious career, are authorities in constitution and have held most prestigious constitutional post purely due to their competence. Still, to be president of country being Dalit weighs more than everything else. Selection based on the birth of person. Unfortunate, despicable and regressive.

That’s the power of being a Dalit, OBC, minority or someone from so called not-so-well-to-do-community. No doubts we will always remain divided by these classes or caste.

Much before Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin defined laws of hereditary transmission of genes and law of Natural Selection respectively, Manu laid down the caste system based on same principles.

Manu divided human race into four categories or castes. Intellectually most evolved, learned people would be known as Brahmins, the ones who had ability to seek the Brahm. They were bestowed upon with responsibility of enlightening lives of others and being guide for mankind. The second caste was The Kshatriyas, ones with great physical and mental strength, they were warriors. The Vaisyas made the third caste, they did all kinds of businesses and farming. The last and the ‘lowest’ caste – The Shudras- the ones who served all others.

A kid at birth was considered a Shudra, irrespective of the caste his parents belonged to. The kid based on its genetic makeup and thus the mental and physical abilities would choose a profession for himself, thus belonging to a particular caste. A Brahmans progeny had all chances of being a Kahatriya, Vashiya or a Shudra. Same was true for all other castes.

Manu mandated inter caste marriages, in-fact it was considered socially more acceptable to marry outside caste. It ensured all kind of genes intermingled and over all a healthy gene pool existed, eliminating the inferior genes.

Over a period of time the inter caste marriages started becoming rare. Perhaps the human instincts guided people of similar and compatible gene pool to marry each another. With passage of time the paramparas (social customs) became more and more stiff. Brahmans married Brahmans, Kshatriyas married Kshatriyas and so on. Laying foundation for genetic segregation.

Not that the so called ‘Upper castes’ had an impeccable gene pool and ‘lower casts’ had entirely weak gene pool. The upper caste progeny is born with poor intellect, physical and mental attributes and reverse in case of lower casts, they produce progeny with intellect, great physical and mental attributes. The upper castes commanded social system thus oppression of lower castes in hands of upper castes started.

For educated commoner the caste should not have much impact. Yet, workplaces and educational institutions see a deep caste divide.

Reservation leaves deep scars in minds of young upper castes, with system of reservation we are not developing capability in the lower or oppressed castes. We are only positioning them at 25 meter mark in a 100 meter sprint. This is pumping into system inefficient resources.

With passage of time the caste divide is becoming more pronounced in social discourse. Being a lower caste and being on receiving end of something makes you a hero overnight. The lower castes are not really the oppressed ones, nor do they lack in abilities, yet from being a President to a clerk to a doctor to a chief minister being Dalit has a glory attached. Irony is the so called upper castes too want to be lower castes. Just because their kids will stand 25 meters ahead, which is a substantial advantage.

I myself did not go to study MBBS just because I was a Brahman. One with at least 20% less marks than me made to the same course of MBBS, just because he was a lower caste. The day I made it to university in MBA course my eyes were searching for those incapable students who were in my class not because of merit but because they belonged to lower caste.

The modern discourse of caste system has much more influence of social engineering which has happened over years. As the society progressed the caste system should have seen blurring boundaries. Yet, political ambitions don’t let it happen. Reservation system is another big player.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sharat Pathak
    Jul 19, 2017 @ 14:18:47

    thanx Vaibhaw!!

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  2. Vaibhaw verma
    Jul 18, 2017 @ 23:11:01

    very true analysis sir

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  3. Sharat Pathak
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 14:52:39

    You are 100% right. Even ‘upper castes’ wont mind some extra tax but getting equal opportunity for our kids.

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  4. Sharat Pathak
    Jul 17, 2017 @ 14:50:27

    Hi Duke,
    Its always pleasant to hear from you!! you have such a deep understanding of issues across cultures.
    In India, reservation system started the day our constitution came into force in 1950. The original ideas was to have this for 10 years and then abolish it. But inherent political mileage in it made politicians to extend it and it is eating our country till date.
    The dalits were badly treated, no doubts, oppression happens to this date. In India our second name gives the caste we belong to. this makes it even more difficult maze. Yet after nearly 70 years if dalits have not benefited from this they will never. we must change it. Let anyone earning more than half a million indian rupee be taxed extra to pay for education of dalits or the economically underprivileged. people will happily do it. but it does not serve the political goal.

    Your Supreme court did a wonderful thing and saved your country getting afflicted with this bad practice.

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  5. Gouri (Gourav Anand)
    Jul 16, 2017 @ 09:47:32

    Well written 👍👍

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  6. Duke Miller
    Jul 14, 2017 @ 21:53:17

    Hi Sharat,

    I’m sure you know that in the United States we have something called “Affirmative Action”. It says that there should be no discrimination when hiring for a job or when granting entrance into a school. The problem was that some institutions started having “racial quotas”. In other words, 10% of all students must be black, 5% must be Hispanic, things like that. Our Supreme Court ruled that quotas were unconstitutional. The question is: How do you compensate different groups who have been historically discriminated against a fair chance in the present. In America there is something called “white privilege”. That is a tough one. I think it is true. White people, whether or not they understand, have a hidden advantage when seeking a job or applying to a school. I believe that. Now, what to do? That is the question. Thanks. Duke

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  7. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Jul 14, 2017 @ 20:42:27

    Can’t say if the people who reap the benefits of reservations are really the deserving ones. Rather than the reservation, I feel that facilities should be provided to students depending on the economic status.

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  8. Sharat Pathak
    Jul 09, 2017 @ 12:50:47

    very well said!!

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  9. Sharat Pathak
    Jul 09, 2017 @ 12:50:28

    Thankyou Shivangi!! Glad you liked it.

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  10. Shivangi
    Jul 07, 2017 @ 18:26:11

    Wonderful analysis Sharat… too good! Reservation has ruined many a lives.

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  11. ajaypoetry
    Jul 07, 2017 @ 18:20:12

    दया, ममता, करुणा, त्याग, दान, भक्ति, वैराग्य एवं ज्ञानब्राह्मण के गुण हैं। जिसमें यह गुण हैं वही ब्राह्मण है चाहे वह किसी भी मां बाप की संतान क्यों न हो। these two candidates are not dalit from any angle but are reaping the fruits of being born in so called dalits House

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