An Episode of Discrimination – A Story of 2 Sikhs but Different Castes.

“Caste has Killed Public Spirit. Caste has Destroyed the Sense of Public Charity. Caste has made Public Opinion Impossible. Virtue has become Caste Ridden and Morality has become Caste Bound.” – Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar

Discrimination on Caste has its roots in India. Most think that the practice has gone but in reality the practice has been suppressed by the legal machinery. The only difference is that the people don’t follow it actively but the discrimination is very well embossed in their brains. Caste-ism will not end until Indian’s accept that the mythological and the religious texts have been influenced by the selfish mentality of the Aryans who were originally not from the Indian Sub Continent. The acceptance that one comes from a higher hierarchy is is one form caste-ism which eventually considers the one from a lower hierarchy as sub-ordinate. There was one such case in my college hostel back in Goa.

I am changing the name’s of the two Sikhs for protecting their privacy.

It was Guru Nanak Jayanti and Karthik was cleaning his room and his stuff. He never wore a turban but was a Sikh by religion, he was also my batch mate. Most students were planning to go to the Guru Dwara at Panjim, Goa which was just 5 kms away and from IHM-Goa (Our College). The agenda was to pray and pay homage to the Guru Nanak and have Langar in the afternoon.

Till this time I had thought that Karthik was a Hindu-Punjabi but when I saw him in his room cleaning for the occasion and asked him as to why he was doing it, he mentioned it was Guru Nanak Jayanti and being a Sikh this day was important. After I came to know this, I went to my seniors room and saw that he was just about to leave. I asked him, “Sir, aren’t you taking Karthik along even he is a Sikh and you should go together after all how many are there in  the college”. The senior got furious and said, “Don’t compare me with him. He is not the Sikh which I am, he a different type of Sikh. Don’t ever compare me with him and I will never go with him or consider him as one of ours, as he is a different bloodline.”

I felt confused and went to Karthik’s room where my room mate Ganesh was also sitting. I asked Karthik, “Hey, which type of Sikh are you?” and he said, “There is no type in Sikhs, all are just Sikhs”. Then I mentioned what my senior Purab said, “Purab Sir mentioned that you are a different type of Sikh and was very rebellious to not going along with you.” To this Karthik became both sad and angry and uttered tons of Punjabi Style bad words. Then he revealed the bitter truth.

He mentioned that they are Dalits who converted to Sikhism. He mentioned that Dr. Ambedkar had once announced that he might convert to Sikhism and out of joy and rebel the entire village of Dalits converted to Sikhism before Dr. Ambedkar changed his decision to convert to  Buddhism. Sikhism doesn’t have the Varna System but never understood why many people still follow. He also mentioned his episodes of active discrimination on the basis of caste.

After hearing this both me and Ganesh felt bad as we were also from the same Hierarchy.

Even I have witnessed many episodes of Caste Discrimination and that too in a a Metropolitan like Mumbai. So, what would have he witnessed in his home in Punjab.

Caste-ism is bad for both society and the country but many people are blaming reservations for the problem while caste-ism is a one of the prime reasons for poverty of several thousand years in India.

Caste-ism and Reservations are very popular in India. While caste-ism is an attack to stop to development of the majority, Reservations in education and government jobs are given defending the attack by uplifting the neglected society.

It is important to know that the lowest Varna including the tribes are about 67% of the Indian population and were discriminated for 2600 years before Independence by get a reservation of only 49% and still the seats remain empty due to poverty and social evils. The better 33% enjoy 51% reservations and their seats go sold out because all are socially stable.

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Why Religion is Irrelevant in Today’s Society?

Soldiers protect us. Science develops us. Languages connect us and Religion Divides us.

The Concept of God came into human society by the wrong doings of man. It was important that there was a fear of something so that man decides to stay good at all times and the society remains safe and merry. In ancient days there was lack of understanding and the colonies were too remote for people to keep a watch on each other. Many researches say that God was brought in order to bring control over people. You do good you reap good after death and if you do bad you will reap heat after death.

Have you ever had any proof of hell and heaven? Heaven was created so that people stay out of bad practices and were bribed to keep doing good so that you go to heaven (which never ever existed). People fear God to stay brave, so where’s the bravery. I have hardly seen people do good because they just like the good vibes of others blessings. Oh No! Not those blessings.

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What is a Pope? A Religious Leader elected with Politics. Does the bible say that he’s the Leader?Long Before, Pope’s brought War in-order to Rule and Religious Laws which were very bad for the society and personal justice. Photo credit: National Library of Ireland on The Commons via Foter.com / No known copyright restrictions

Religion should ideally be different than the concept of God. It exists in the same way as a law is attached to religion; consider Sharia as an example. The God is same in Judaism, Islam and Christianity but the messengers are different yet there’s so much hate over religion. Religion is a way which people practice to get their life crafted. Like you should never speak lies, never hurt anyone, help people, have good thoughts, be good and speak nice to people and calm the anger and so on. But when you add God, what is added is fear of the religion which which makes people follow it out of fear but what goes missing in the process is the crafting of our behavior, thought and mentality. For example a friend of mine attended church every Sunday, he drank whisky everyday and spoke dirty bad words to people he hated. He attended church not because he wanted to bring religious practice but because he wanted to show that he was a nice man who attended church every Sunday or may be he feared god after a Sunday morning hangover.

Christianity, Islam and and Judaism have the concept of one god, their messengers are different but what makes these Almighty controlled religions is their religious laws which came from the culture it originated from. Islam says don’t drink or touch alcohol and the rest say drink wine. Islam says you can have multiple wives but in the rest you can have only one. In Hindu religion there is no concept of divorce (if you go according to the texts) and the marriage is not a contract by a union of 2 people of opposite sex, but Islam, Christianity, Judaism have the concept of divorce and consider marriage as a contract. There are religious differences because religious laws including the so called personal laws exist.

People still follow Sharia and consider it greater than the state law. People still follow Manusmruti and Purushsutra which created a divide among different castes in the hindu religion. People confess their crimes to the church’s father thinking that that corrects their wrong doing. Please stop following the religious laws and believing in fake Gods and messengers, practice the religion not its laws. Bring good in the society, not out of Fear but out of your own Good.

Remember! Soldiers protect us. Science develops us. Languages connect us and Religion Divides us. God Feared Religion is unhealthy to the society and hence Irrelevant.

(The above written article is my own view and no person should feel bad as I am not pointing any religion but writing about religion in general)

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