Friday, 15 April 2011

Caste System in India!

The caste system was supposed to address the righteous division of ‘labor’ and not that of ‘rights’. Bramhins were supposed to learn Vedas and other texts and to help others perform various rituals to appease Gods, Kshtriyas were warriors, Vaishyas were businessmen and traders and Shudras were those who used to clean and used to do household choirs . It was supposed to be a labor based on choice of work and not based on birth but its degeneration made it so. Brahmins indeed had more access to knowledge and hence they started manipulation of warriors. Later on your class became your ‘inherited’ right, i. e., if you’re born into a Bramhin family, you’re a Bramhin and so on. This class system is still prevalent in many regions of India, hence Bramhins are revered and Shudras are looked down upon. For many centuries, people born in ‘shudra’ classes, were exploited inhumanely and they were denied education; they could not even sit with persons of higher classes no matter how learned or intelligent they become (in spite of very conditions supporting their learning ).

The marriages, outside one’s religion (for ex: a Hindu marrying a Muslim or a Hindu marrying a Christian) were considered heinous crimes. Moreover any candidate of a higher class marrying someone from a lower class was ostracized from the class. This might have been because of the ignorant idea that doing so would help maintain ‘pious/superior blood line’. One of the reasons of India’s abject misery has been this caste system amongst Hindus. You might be aware of such caste system practices even amongst Christians.

As an aside : You might find it amusing that I was born in a Bramhin family, but right since childhood I have been a harsh critic of Bramhins( manipulative, superstitious and ritualistic scholars, who are hypocrites and not Bramhins in the true sense!). My late grandfather was an Astrologer and looking at the stellium of five planets in the 12th house of my horoscope, he wrote (among other things…): “The native will be a critic of Bramhins”. I discovered his notes quite late (when I had already become a ‘harsh’ critic of manipulative Bramhins!