the practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case.
Before I begin, I want you all to read an article written by Karan Thapar in Hindustan Times 21st August, 2016 edition (the link is provided below)
What is development of a Nation? Is it only related to infrastructure and economy? Have we ever tried to understand the true meaning of development? Is it not much more important to solve the issues at home than being an ostrich?
Development of any country starts by unification of its people. We talk about Hindu-Muslim unification when the ground reality is that we are unable to unify the Hindus themselves. Various castes, sub-castes openly fire words against each other and that is not all recent; it’s just reported more often these days. We have long ago attained the political liberty but a long way ahead for social freedom. Somewhere in our joy of being free (i.e. Independence since 15th August, 1947) which still lingers on, the social justice seems lost and forgotten. Whenever elections come up, a sudden pseudo-urge for social justice turns up from nowhere and ebbs by the end of the same. Am I trying to blame the politicians? No; because politicians come from us, they aren’t different from us. They too are a product of the society we live in, they represent us, they are mere reflections of our beliefs. Development is integration, we have been long divided and we already know the outcome. Development is as much linked with the progress of society as foundation is to a building. Without a solid foundation, a building is doomed to fall; similarly, a progressive society builds nation and lays the foundation of development.
Many scholars around us would disagree with the ongoing outrage of lower castes claiming that the same discrimination used to happen before as well, then why sudden angst. To them-It’s not sudden, every wrong doing is borne till you cannot anymore and same is the case here.
We have different arguments presented that it’s a sham, done to lessen the popularity of the government, why it did not occur before and why now. To them- Does not coming up and speaking for the rights and freedom before, disqualify them to speak now? What kind of a logic is that?
The whole fact of Hindus being Casteists was further reinforced by a recent happening. Let us give a look:
Cheap: Sindhu’s caste most searched on big G!
As PV Sindhu has been qualifying rounds in Olympics badminton women’s singles, people searching her on the big Google have been increasing. According to the search engine major most searched athlete has been PV Sindhu followed by Sakshi Malik, Srikanth Kidambi, Dipa Karmakar, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Vinesh Phogat, Lalita Babar, Vikas Yadav and Narsing Yadav. Indians searched about Badminton followed by wrestling in the last couple of weeks.
In the last week or so people started searching most for Sindhu and her caste. Ever since Sindhu reached Semis this madness peaked and in August alone 9 lakh people searched for Sindhu’s caste. Sadly, people from AP and Telangana only searched for Sindhu’s caste.
What we finally need to do and by ‘we’ I mean each one of us, is to stop being proud/ashamed of our castes. Are we really going to give something so petty, this much attention? We need to stop all this fuss about higher castes, what we have inherited (which is forced upon us) and not earned is nothing to be proud of. We shall make our own identities by our work and behaviour. We shall stand and develop the minds of our own. A society that is free from all the misconceptions, is a progressive society and only a progressive society leads to development. Stop discriminating and do not be a part of people who discriminate.
End Casteism, to develop and to surpass all the economies.