VARANASI, INDIA - APRIL 23: Young Indian Hindu Brahmins training to be priests perform yoga on a ghat on the Ganges River, holy to Hindus, at sunrise on April 23, 2014 in Varanasi, India. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Social media has been awash with debates and conversations on Kanhaiya Kumar ever since he was declared the Communist Party of India’s Lok Sabha candidate for Begusarai constituency in Bihar. One end of this debate has been linked to social justice. But I will not touch upon Kanhaiya Kumar’s stand on social justice, or about the times when he sided with decisions that were against social justice in his capacity as the president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, or the number of times when he entered into a compromise with the administration while raising the issue of reservation. Instead, my article will focus on the social justice-related logic and sophistry raised by Delhi University’s Professor Apoorvanand in a video for The Wire publication.

Apoorvanand’s support for Kanhaiya Kumar is presented in an articulate way and the extremely respectful and polite language draws your attention straightaway. We should respect every emerging voice with such respect and humility. However, the issue here is the video’s content. Professor Apoorvanand has made several comments about social justice with respect to Kanhaiya Kumar’s leadership.

Kanhaiya’s caste a matter of discussion

The first point goes something like this: ‘Questions are being raised that since Kanhaiya Kumar hails from an upper caste (Bhumihar), he cannot lead the issues of Dalits and other backward communities.’ Apoorvanand responds to the argument with this: ‘Caste is not a biological truth. It’s a societal recognition. In India, caste is a social thing but with time it has become a biological fact. We recognise that we are Bhumihars, Brahmins, and Kshatriyas. Caste isn’t an ultimate quality that people can tell by just taking one look at someone. But your identity is reduced in your caste. This is what’s being done with Kanhaiya Kumar as well.’


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Is it not true that the Bahujan community and the identity of its people been confined to their caste for centuries? Aren’t the Bahujans being sociologically and culturally excluded and their inherent abilities being ignored because of the caste they belong to? From discriminating people in interviews at educational institutions to dragging grooms off the horses and beating them up, is the identity of a Bahujan person not immediately recognised? Here, caste is not voluntarily disclosed, instead it is vigorously asked.

Savarnas have full freedom to oppose casteism

Apoorvanand further argues: “If our identity gets confined to caste, then we will never will be able to break this barrier and form new relationships. If you are, by chance, born into an upper caste, then you will not be able to empathise with the Dalits, the backwards, never be able to participate in their struggle for equality.”

The real question, however, is that when Dalits, backwards, tribals, minorities, etc have been waging socio-cultural movements to break the barriers of caste and to end the caste system, then who crushed these voices? Does Apoorvanand not know that a large number of progressive Savarna intellectuals have been writing, speaking and fighting against caste system? Were they ever stopped from doing so? Nobody ever told them that since they belong to the upper caste, they weren’t entitled to. Many Savarnas wrote and fought against caste prejudices.

Apoorvanand’s real concern

Does Apoorvanand not know all these facts? No, I won’t question his intellect. He knows all these; he just doesn’t want to acknowledge them, because Apoorvanand’s real concern is about the leadership. He wants that like all other movements, the anti-caste movement should also be led by Savarnas, because they are meritorious by birth, leaders by divine. To put it differently, Apoorvanand wonders how a Savarna can follow a Bahujan’s leadership.


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Will Apoorvanand apply this same logic to his pet subject “communalism”  to say that only a Hindu should champion the cause of minorities? Why this insistence on leadership? There are several other ways to participate: distribute the pamphlets, roll out the carpets, mobilise the crowd, arrange for the stage, and then sacrifice the leadership role for a Dalit, backward, tribal, Pasmanda. Every time you usurp the microphones. Why should only the upper castes be in the leadership role? As far as the question of empathy and sympathy is concerned, the Dalit Literature Movement has already answered it long ago. Apoorvanand has probably forgotten that.

Apoorvanand then says, “Globally, every struggle of the oppressed classes has witnessed outside participation, and that is how their movements have achieved success. If we exclude the participation on the basis of caste and religion, then the defeat is certain.”

Here I fully agree with Apoorvanand. Like elsewhere, India, too, has witnessed this. Several forward caste leaders have fought alongside the oppressed. However, why was Apoorvanand unable to point out that in India, it’s the Manuvadis, brahminical and patriarchal forces that always managed to break this association?

Only deprived class bear the burden to fight  

Why only a Birsa, Phule, Ambedkar, or Periyar always launches a movement against caste? Why only Savitri Bai Phule and Fatima Sheikh had to fight for girls’ right for education? Why was Kanshi Ram forced to hit the streets for the rights of Dalits? Has any Savarna leader in India ever been martyred because reservation wasn’t implemented? This is the problem of India’s Savarna mentality, which has always crushed every voice raised against it. Why do we not have a Savarna James Reeb (1927-1965), a white man who was murdered by the white supremacists because he supported the cause of the blacks?


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The whites fought for the rights of blacks, and now see where the USA is today. Indian upper castes never came forward to lead a movement for abolition of caste. Some progressive Savarna leaders did manage to raise their voice, but ultimately they were also silenced by Manuvadi Savarnas. This is high time that a Savarna leader comes forward to lead an anti-caste movement, which is more radical that Birsa-Phule-Ambedkar’s. The first step towards this will be to fight for caste-based census. This will facilitate equal rights for all and then all will come together to end casteism. Can Apoorvanand dare to dream like this?

Sweet-talk in anti-caste movements

In the end, Apoorvanand says, “Why do we need youth leaders like Kanhaiya Kumar? Because they can talk about the benefit of all classes. Because they can forge new relationships by coming out of their own limits. Because he can speak a language which is not derogatory towards anybody. He does not want to defame any one. He does not use foul language. He does not endorse bitterness. Instead there is hope, appeal for new friendship. If new bonds are not forged, democracy cannot move forward.”

I do not know what kind of bitterness is Apoorvanand terming as “abusive language”? Is Apoorvanand confusing radical Bahujan voices as “abusive”? To think so will be a great insult of his impeccable talent. Then what he is signaling act? But where is he pointing towards? And if it is so, then how will Apoorvanand describe the anger and resentment of Kabir, Raidas, Birsa, Phule and Periyar? Where will he categorise leaders like Kanshi Ram and Ambedkar? Are we to label gender-related questions as ‘abusive’ to the male society?


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If any section of the Indian society needs an appeal to break the caste bracket and think about welfare for all, then it is none other than the Manuvadi, feudalistic, urban, elite and male Savarna. These are the real sick ones and yet it’s these people who are powerful too. If they mend their ways, our democracy will improve automatically.

I hope that the space for democratic dialogue will remain available after this.

The author teaches Hindi literature in Delhi University’s Zakir Husain Delhi College.

This article has been translated from Hindi. Read the Hindi version here.

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  1. How can one blame upper castes for caste system? If you say that much condemned Manu Smriti is basis of caste system than Manu was never a Brahmin. So also several names can be quoted who were not of born upper castes
    Similarly it is a fact that Maharsi Valmiki as well as Vedbyas, Parasar were never Brahmins. So for caste system Upper Castes cannot be solely blamed.

  2. Only education and NOTHING ELSE can end this problem. It’ll take time and genuine efforts of those who need to improve their lot, regardless of which caste or even religion they come from. Second and equally important factor is self help. No one is going to help them. This includes thinkers, social worker/reformers, even the government’s.
    Take for example farmers’ problem. They expect help/deliverance. Result: suicides continue. Self help: A. Cooperative farming. B. Modernization. C.Include all kinds of live stock. Marketing: get rid of middle men and govt. interfarence. Organise and manage your own marketing. Let market forces fix the price. Concept of Samarthan mulya makes me pity our intelligence. Do this and you won’t need to commit suicide. Vested interests will pose problems. It’s up to you to handle that. Don’t forget you’ll be working in groups of 50- 100 – 200 farmers. You’ll be a force to reckon with. Sorry. I got carried away with my example. Finally: Keep away from Well wishers and Media. Just concentrate on work and the result.

  3. Go home the print.. seriously go homee!!!!
    Have you ever written any article about the malpractices in any other religion? No! All you do is write bad stuff about Hinduism… Like you have a personal problem from us. You claim to be be free media still you target a particular group time and again. You divide people based in their religion time and again. And in India it is our right to follow whatever religion we want , and it’s against the law for you to hurt our religious sentiments and disrespect Hinduism. Every religion has a few problems, but your agenda is to just highlight Hinduism and paint as “bad” . If you really are unbiased, then write once, just once about the shortcomings of Islam or , or how they treat women and how Islamic countries face problems. But i know you won’t cause you are biased and such COWARDS!

    • Not my religion or your religion law is for every religion and you are in fact laying you know people are talking maximum against Islam and christianity in India. You have know answers except laying

  4. It’s just a foolish piece of selective reporting. In today’s world wealth defines a person’s caste. A lower caste student from a wealthy family earning 100k/ month gets addmission in colleges through the rubbish and bullshit reservations and the student from a upper caste whose family income is less than even 10k/month is deprived of the addmission even though he secured much much better marks than the former on the name of reservations. What quality of engineers and doctors do you expect from such a system of reservations. This is the reason why india’s ranking in global index of education quality is 131 out of 180 countries. The need of today’s world is to talk about the economic equality and equality on the parameter of merit rather than making hindu casts system a political topic which politicians like kanahiya kumar and mayawati take advantage for their personal political interest and devide the society. We must identify such politicians and media groups and eliminate them from the society and favour those who talk about the development of the society as a whole rather than licking the feet of just a specific group of people for their personal interest. Let’s talk about development of economically weaker section of the society irrespective of their caste and creed, because that would be something in the intrest of the nation.
    #### JAI HIND ####

    • Typical reply I’d only expect. No surprise. Reservation is not a economic Bailout package. It was never meant for it. Now that EWS Quota has come up will you look down on yourself?

  5. The print ,is spreading hatred Iam a upper caste person , never believe the caste system. Caste never decide , by birth . Once Brahmin had done attrocities , it was a big stigma on Hindus , but now situation is not like that it has change a lot . In ancient Maharastra Saint like Ekhnath came to dalit family and took the food. Many upper caste people Veer Savarkar fought for social justice .Raja Shah Maharaj of Kolhapur done alot . Maharaja of Boroda Shayaji Rao Gaikwad help Baba Ambedkar.Ambedkar itself name given by Babasaheb sir Ambedkar. There should be lot of work their to do against caste system

  6. Comments show hypocrisy of Indian people. Affirmative action and reservations exist in USA, Canada and Australia. Here, the rich upper caste/class Indians take the quota reserved for people of African, Native American and Aboriginal populations. Even snatch their jobs in top companies.

    However, in their own country “India”, they have an imaginary concept of “merit”, where they would do anything to deny lawful implementation of India’s affirmative program. Its been 70 years since independence. These people in power aren’t ashamed.

    An example of this is the massacre of Sikhs in 1984 by the upper caste people for assassinating their upper caste Prime Minister. Irrespective of the party, they are all the same. Petty politics by all involved, even in the judiciary. The community still awaits justice.

    I met an upper caste poitician’s family in the US. They have all the Ivy League degrees. Which they obviously bought with money. But their real business is routing money from India to abroad. Swanky offices in the expensive down town. All looks legitimate from the outside. They are just looting India. You should hear them talk about their high superior caste and their degrading comments on other lower castes. Speaks a lot about a society. Indian parliament, bureaucracy and judiciary is full of such people.

    This will never change. Then these same people wonder about foreigners ruling this country for more than 1000 years. Tragic irony!

  7. The article does not appeare to be written with sound thought process. The article appears to be baised and serving interest of few who are fearful of Kanhaiya Kumar’s leadership. I do ask, how can a respectable publication like ThePrint allow the publication of such mindless rant calling it a an Opnion.

  8. We are bound to live together in a given area but we (India) are already devided. Upper Caste will have to step down to do the works of what lower castes are doing if India further gets devided geographically on the name of castes. Reservation is there because people from lower castes are part of this country and contribute in this economy by consuming goods and providing labour, also they have all rights to grow. Imagine a situation, if all backwards communities are separated from the so called forwards. Would the forwards have so many govt jobs that they are having today, or would they have so many seats in iits or othe institutions as they are having today, the answer is no. Living together is a pact not a compulsion. Backwards adding not only the population but also the opportunities.

  9. Are writter ji every religion have caste now days money is the caste please don’t spread rummors.

  10. The article attempts to further divide people. We are already divided on religion, caste, community, colour, sex and what not. Let me make it clear, being born to a brahmin couple doesn’t make the child brahmin. It is the education and character that makes him a brahmin. That said, the door for becoming a brahmin is now wide open. All you need is education, once that has been achieved, you will realise the importance of character and with the right traits, you have become a brahmin.

    The importance of education cannot be explained. If the government and thr people are truly transparent and sincere in their approach, let them ensure education and make compulsory for all. No holds barred. Child of every caste, religion should be sent to school. Have you not seen a poor brahmin family or a rich dalit family? Let them all study together, in two or three generations, the differences between castes will disappear automatically. Let the government make it certain, throw rhe parents who err into the prison . Once the fear factor is established, things fall in line.

    The implementation part: this is the toughest scenario. (1) The politicians would not allow it. They are worried if their vote banks (2) they are also worried that with education, comes intelligence and with intelligence comes responsibility, and the educated would take a conscious decision of selecting the deserving candidate.

    This precisely prohibits the politicians from empowering the so called down trodden and the lack of efforts to uplift them. The politicians have bought themselves insurance in the form of reservations. They do not want merit to succeed, the inefficient managers would only be too happy to suck up to their political bosses.

  11. The writer as well as his work holds any truth.He wantedly skip/dwarfed many reformers who strive their belt and never pose they wete of any worna’s.entire thing is prejudice and misleD honest citizens of mother India.we ate all brothern we never lend years to lairs

  12. This is being very Selective.
    If you have to go back into the history; then go to Invasion of Islamic hordes, who turned 30% of India to Muslims, an alien Religion.
    Do you blame the current Muslim population for the excesses then?
    Do you also blame the Christians in India for excesses of the British?

  13. Prophet Muhammad’s final sermon was delivered during the Hajj of the year 632 C.E., the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th month of the lunar year, at Arafat, the most blessed day of the year. There were countless Muslims present with the Prophet during his last pilgrimage when he delivered his last Sermon.

    The Final Sermon:
    After praising, and thanking God, the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said “O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore, listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.

    O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. God has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. God has Judged that there shall be no interest, and that all the interest due to Al-Abbas ibn Abd’el Muttalib shall henceforth be waived…

    Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.

    O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under a trust from God and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

    O People, listen to me in earnest, worship God, perform your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadan, and offer Zakat. Perform Hajj if you have the means.

    All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; a white has no superiority over a black, nor does a black have any superiority over a white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

    Remember, one day you will appear before God and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.

    O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O people, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will never go astray.

    All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and it may be that the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O God, that I have conveyed your message to your people.”

    Thus the beloved Prophet completed his Final Sermon, and upon it, near the summit of Arafat, the revelation came down:

    “…This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Grace upon you, and have chosen Islam for you as your religion…” (Quran 5:3)

    Even today the Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad is passed to every Muslim in every corner of the world through all possible means of communication. Muslims are reminded about it in mosques and in lectures. Indeed the meanings found in this sermon are indeed astounding, touching upon some of the most important rights God has over humanity, and humanity has over each other. Though the Prophet’s soul has left this world, his words are still living in our hearts.

  14. Firstly every religion has caste. Why are only PATANS allowed to be mullahs, likewise,
    Christianity has more stricter rules,
    Overemphasis only in Hindu castism shows your abiding of the rule your masters want,
    DIVIDE AND RULE,
    Be a journalist not anti Hindu or anti national agents,

  15. What a Foolish Article ? The Author should have mentioned his caste also with the Article .

  16. Day after day, we see such articles in the Print, Wire, Scroll etc. India is perhaps the only country in the world, where “Freedom of Speech”is used by the media to instigate hate, which this article abundantly does. This is the worst phase in the history of independent India, where media is collaborating to fight for caste-based social justice, despite the fact that seventy years of caste-based preferential cum retributive policies have literally wiped out the so-called Upper caste from most areas of public representation, e.g TN. Ethnic cleansing of so-called UC seems to be the motive.

  17. Almighty god created human species as human being without any labeling of castes or creed or religions. The person is borne with some specific abilities as a part of ones DNA. So called persons might be having some prejudicious views against those who are borne with intelligence. This became cause of dividing societies in SC/ST/OBC and so on any many fragments. Now simple remedy is to search out best possible options to all castes and creed to give them place according to their natural capabilities and amend that rotten roots being provision under constitution. Remove labels of Dalit. Can see Mayavati living luxurious life and though she is Dalit? Like that there are many families SC/ST/OBC are having income more than 5 Lacs, though they are under brackets of Reservation? Such stagnant constitution must be updated scientifically. Politicians ‘ mental frame will not allow for votes.

  18. The article is pure drivel and an example of poor reasoning.

    1- When did upper caste leaders say that only they can become leaders of anti-caste movements?

    2-Responsibility is an individual-level thing. So there is nothing incongruent with X being an anti-caste leader while Y harasses people of lower castes where X and Y belong to “upper castes”

    3- Caste is an endogamous unit. Upper castes is a sociological term rather than being a real social unit or a caste.

  19. Absolute nonsense. Mr. Yadav is so confused in his approach he leaves himself in knots by the end of his article.

  20. Today in India to be a SC/ST is not a curse but a privilege. If it’s allowed to change caste, many non sc/st would want to become sc/st. I have seen many poor brahmins living a miserable conditions. No government of Congress cared for the poor non-sc/st. Even for Modi it took four years to give 10% reservation to poor Indians who were not covered by any earlier reservation based on caste. I feel now time ripe for review reservations based on caste.

  21. The writing is confusing, negative and sad. Would call it a piece written to focus on something and goes against it. Also the writer should avoid assuming and interpreting other’s dialogue. And the people saying the dalits should give up the advantages of victimhood first for equality.. As a savarna they should ask themselves first whether they can guarantee they would ever in their life use derogatory comments regarding the caste as abuses for anyone (yes i am talking abt words like chude chamaar and bhangi that comes out every now and then from your mouth while abusing someone)??? And you wont mind marrying your children in any caste and only judge the person on the basis of their work and capabilities.?? Can you? Then only the society will thrive with equality.

    • Yes, classification as ‘backward’ has unfortunately become a previlege. This is evident in the fact that so many caste based organizations are striving for’backward status’. Hence, my submission is that if the community actually seeks equality and not benefits then the first step is for the community to believe itself to be equal. Those genuinely wishing for equality must realise that reservation is like crutches. So long as a community keeps reiterating that it is weak and oppressed and needs support it can never claim to be equal. It is necessary for each individual to be proud of their ability and be the best they can be by competing with all others at par. Encouraging good quality education and subsidising education cost could be a way to ensure this. It has nothing to do with caste but everything to do with poverty and ability to pay for the best education.

      As far as marriage is concerned, there are many cases of inter-caste marriages already prevalent in India. These need to be encouraged. However, marriage is a personal matter. Why is it seen that an inter-caste marriage improve the status of the so calledb’under previledged’ caste ? In fact in many cases such marriage may ensure that benefits which are currently available to some ‘caste’ will be available to others through marriage.!

  22. The breaking India forces are increasing the gear of forcing Hindus into caste riots. Pimps like Laxman yadav, Filip mandal are all fed food by these forces

  23. The dalits should come out of their bind.They are becoming narcissits and have begun enjoying their actual/imaginary victimhood. Today, in the progressive India castes are dissolving suo moto . Please don’t try to keep it alive by blaming the so called upper castes for every malaise. The constitution and the policies have paved the way for everyone. There is level playing field, rather the field Is tilted towards the Dalits in the form of reservations and SC/ST Act ,where even the principles of natural justice have been sacrificed in their favour.So, the Dalits should stop chest beating ,make progress and most importantly sacrifice the opportunities coming to them, in favour of the most downtrodden castes among them and not eat all the available cream themselves.Read my comments with open heart Mahatma Phule, Dr Ambedkar , Kashiram fought a planned battle for upluftment of Dakota but they were not martyrs. So, accept outside leadership, if it is genuine , without expecting them to lay their lives. No political leader of any ilk today is genuine leaders.The real leaders , irrespective of their castes,are toiling hard at the social level for they live humanity and not for any political gains.

  24. The lower castes dont complain of their caste when it comes to admission to colleges or preference in employment. They love the caste system when it comes to admissions to schools and employment. WHY DONT YOU LIKE IT?

    The fact is that a country or any organization cannot sustain itself for too long by pushing behind the best and the brightest and letting inferior talent run the country or organization.

  25. I dont know kanhaiya kumar is good or evil in indian caste system but when we look that 1 guy who fought to the government for sociall issues is kanhaiya actually im a anti modi.and if Kanhaiya is too anti modi then im a kanhaiya sapporter and also im a dalit and proud ambedkar waadi

  26. All kinds of professional instigators and anti-social dividers are getting unreasonable amount of space in this mag. This is the worst phase in the post independent India. Self-proclaimed backwards busy peddling neo-nazi ideology are now demanding that not-so-backwards Hindus surrender their rights to live. It is a barely concealed propagation of ethnic cleansing.

  27. Why are you trying to divide the young generation based on your imagination?
    Please interact with people of all categories with an unbiased mind. Try to unite people instead of spreading hatred : my humble request to the author of this article and “The Print”.

  28. Caste system is the truth of India. It will be always there. No amount of social justice warriors, no amount of protesting is going to remedy it. As a dalit person, I am ashamed of being born and sometimes feel my parents should not have had me. That’s the truth every dalit or oppressed person has deep inside, a part they like to hide.
    How many of us dalits openly admit to being one? Therein lies our answer.
    Why have your precious children and feed them into this oppressive consumption? U know, no matter if u become an ias officer, topper in iit, other caste people will only try to pull u down. People will burn entire villages if a dalit boy tries to marry a caste girl. But they will happily rape our women n girl children if a dalit farmer tries to go independent. Why curse them this accursed life?
    Why become their tax payer, labourer, victim ?
    Most importantly why become a pawn in our own dalit politicians’ politics who don’t actually care for us?

  29. Caste system is a curse in India . It is anti national . It devides the people . This system should be eradicated from the society as early as possible .

    • Agreed. But will the lower castes agree? They would first loose their advantage to preferential treatment in education and employment. Why complain when all upper castes are left with is “pride of being an upper caste”.

  30. In Maharashtra, Shahu Maharaj fought for backward cause.But dont know whether Marathas (caste he belongs to) is a Savarna.
    Because he was rejected Kshatriya status by Brahmins of his period.

    • Is the fight for equality or identity?
      They are both different fights.
      A Kshatriya is a Kshatriya when he or she is born of a Kshatriya father. That is no different for becoming an Irish or an Italian or a Russian.

      But if a low caste wants equality; which means he/she wants the “low” status removed; they will have to start by demanding the removal of the labels that give them the preferential treatment in education and employment.

      Cant have a dual system of equality.

      • sir , you’re contradicting your own statement.
        True fight for equality and identity are different virtues but that doesn’t apply here. There is no identity of a Dalit in India nor given the equality socially .
        This problem has been implemented not by you or me . Given by our forefathers make us proud by saying i am a kshatria and we do look down upon people below us.Gives us sense of pride.
        When a kshatriya is born he is a kshatriya,TRUE.
        Comparing it to being irish and russian is refutable cz that is a nationality,being a kshatriya isnt one.
        On the other hand belonging from a lower caste tribe isnt accepted by society no matter how much you clarify by saying castesim has been eradicated.Still lynching,rapes,demoralization is being conducted on lower minorities on a large scale.
        No matter how much reservation is provided to minorities or women on paper wont affect the daily social injustice happening.
        That label you’re talking about in your statement was given as justice to those who have been barred and are still being barred from temples.

  31. Print is continuously sending articles to divide us. Poverty and calamities do not ask your caste before entering your life.

  32. How can you put the blame of age old caste system on young upper caste people? Wasn’t it that the white Americans stood up for African Americans during civil rights movement?

  33. This article is a reminder to all upper caste social justice warriors. They will never accept you,stop championing their cause. Leave them on their own. They are politically stronger than upper castes,it’s only a matter of time when they will be better in every aspect. Why bother with them? Upper caste poor have issues of their own. Even a moderate earning family is left with only 40% seats to compete for. Upper caste issues are more grave. Urgent attention is required.

  34. What is the point of talking about caste here? Have u ever talked with a upper caste poor in your life? Ask him the meaning of manuwaad and reservation. Will you talk about dalit oppression by dalits in uttar pradesh? Don’t promote hatred and biased towards a political party. Till the time we have reservation casteism will be there for sure.

    • You wrote what was going on in your mind. By saying this Dalit and upper caste, you are cast yourself as a divider man. The low people you spread casteism and blame others. Please change your narrow minded thinking.

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