Monday, July 9, 2012

Why untouchability is still a tradition?

New Delhi: Once again the team of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ was on target. It might be a hard fact to digest for urban Indians that the practice of untouchability is still prevalent in a nation that eyes to become one of the super-powers by the end of current decade, but shows like ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a reality check for them.The debate regarding the caste system is not a new thing; it’s been happening for years, and different pressure groups have come up with some solutions too, but these answers couldn’t curb the demon.
However, one thing has been done; people who were very open about their apparent superiority are not so extrovert now, especially in unfavourable conditions. But this has led to a silent discrimination which is much more effective than open boycott. At least, you know your opposition in the previous case.

Things have become nasty in the past due to the violent clashes between different mindsets towards the caste system. Those who have seen Stalin K’s documentary ‘India Untouched’ would understand that the film hints towards the origin of the issue, which as per the film is the control of resources. He says on the show that inter-caste marriages can be an answer to untouchability, but this seems to be a very simplified answer, because why would a resourceful person marry his or her daughter or son to someone who is not so resourceful, if there is no mutual love involved. So, doesn’t the society and the government need to work on providing financial security to one and all in order to bring everyone on the same platform. This needs to happen before the marriage. 

Justice Dharmadhikari might not be wrong in his stance about not revealing his ancestral identity, but this also fetches attention towards the so called superiority of certain sections of the society. Why can’t we simply stop taking the names (and surnames) seriously? The more Aamir mentions ‘Manvendra Singh Chauhan’ of the ‘same’ community, the more established will be the importance of being from a privileged class.

Bezwada Wilson’s anxiety needs to be addressed. Why do we consider living a life of dignity as something brave? Talk about it, discuss about it but don’t shed tears. Believe it or not, but gone are the days when Sanskrit was associated with Brahmins only. The language is losing battle against commercial courses, so it would be better for existing patrons to accept teachers such as Dr Kaushal Panwar, if they want to preserve the inheritance. ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a good show and there are no doubts about the makers’ intentions unless something drastically gets revealed but ‘tch tch’ and ‘OMG’ are not going to help in the longer run.

Balwant Singh was an IAS, after clearing an examination and training aimed at testing the candidate’s patience and depth of social understanding. Why did he separate himself from the system? Probably because he never wished for sympathy.
The tenth episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ tried to put emphasis on a topic which might have appeared like a done to death discussion for many, but fortunately that doesn’t make discussing ‘untouchability’ a crime.

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