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Induction of Hypocrisy in People by Indian Laws

Induction of Hypocrisy in People by Indian Laws

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Published by: Prashant C Chaturvedi on Oct 10, 2010
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Induction of hypocrisy in people by Indian laws
Recently our court has successfully convinced the public in believing that the name ofthe upcoming release of Amir Khan’s movie ‘Dhobi Ghat’ has nothing to do with the ‘dhobi’caste as it denotes the place. And when there were so many words related to the professioncum caste in a song of “Aja nach le”, only one word was removed because only that word wasconsidered offensive as it represented caste and thereby was an offense to the people of thatparticular caste. Government has decided to get a caste based census after so many decades.These are some news relevant to our today’s topic.
 
Today we will probe into a very much talked issue and will try to explore some lessexplored facets of it. There are few words which are used to represent particular group ofpeople but are also considered offensive. These words are associated with the groups createdby man or society e.g. country, region, religion, caste, profession, tribe. There are so manywords which are used to represent the people belonging to above mentioned groups. And forevery type of group, we have quality associated to it which may be good or bad, high and low,prosperous and poor and so on.I am going to take two of the above groups based on caste and profession. Thesegroups have much greater importance to India than any other country because so much of theIndian laws are based on it. And also because of the existing disparities at the group level. Inbetween these groups there exist differences on the basis of education, income, social statusand even in some cases color of skin. Another thing which is very peculiar for India is the nounfor profession is also a noun for caste in so many cases, because profession and caste weresynonymous in ancient ages. If you wanted to buy some utensils or made of iron you will go to“loh
ā
r” (
लोहार 
), for washing clothes “dhobi” (
धोबी 
), for jewelleries “son
ā
r” (
सोनार 
) and so on soforth.If we look back and try to analyze the reasons from the religious texts of India, we willfind that initially the human race depending upon its qualities, nature, eating habits and colorwere assigned different jobs accordingly. This division was according to the amount of threetraits “guna”(
ग   ुण 
) which are called “sat”(
सत 
), “raj”(
रज 
) and “tam”(
तम 
) in the people andwere called “varna”(
वण
). Satogun (
सतोग   ुण 
) being the highest in quality and is followed byrajogun (
रजोग   ुण 
)and then tamogun (
तमोग   ुण 
). It was believed that the presence of thesetraits in human is directly correlated to the jobs assigned to them. So, this was the first divisionof responsibilities among people in the civilization. Although the nature of people can changeand the amount of the above three traits may vary in the off-spring if he is allowed to geteducation and think high. But, it was natural and easy for off-springs to adopt the profession offather since there were not many varieties of jobs available for them. Also, it is very natural of ahuman to associate the amount of quality, praise and importance in his mind to any profession.For the people who belonged to profession which was considered inferior in society, was noteasy to change their professions and get high social status and it was also due to the fact thatthe some of the highest ancient knowledge was the proprietary of the upper castes which werecalled twicw born or “dwij” (
वज 
) and the people of other castes were considered noneligible (
अपा 
) So they were denied education in some ancient educational institutions (
ग   ुक   ुल 
 ). Since people are very careful about the quality of off-springs they produce and the socialstatus of the relatives they have, so marriages were arranged in between the families of samesocial status and castes. As the civilization progressed, the variety and amount of jobsincreased and also the inter-caste relations. The off-spring produced by inter-caste relations
 
was called
वणसंकर 
or hybrid-caste and these people were assigned newly createdresponsibilities/jobs of society. And the noun for these jobs became the name of their respectivecastes. At the same time it was also believed that people of these different caste/race has sometraits associated with them which are very peculiar of that caste/race. So the hybrid off-springwill have a mixed trait.So, the above story was based on religion and was before the advent of moderneducation. Now every human being has equal right. Although religion doesn’t teach racialdiscrimination per sé. But some of its texts do imply this fact, as we see them in currentscenario. Due to the human greed of power, social status and so on the impact of those portionsof religion is much profound on people. So, there still exists racial discrimination in some parts.
 
As we see that the existence of castes on the basis of patriarchy always denies the highsocial status to the lower castes. If social status is a matter of caste, it should be a gained bycompetition and getting it should depend upon human caliber and human caliber only. And ifcaste denotes the profession it should be applied to each and every person belonging to thatparticular profession. If it is not the case, caste must not exist to represent social status orprofession. The caste system should be abolished and no man should be recognized by theircaste. Everyone should be treated equally. Those who have no education and are not capableof having it, provide them according to their mental caliber. Those who are good in somephysical skills, put them where they can do their best according to the degree of their skills andso on so forth. That person who covets the social status by himself only will be praisedeverywhere and the other people will stop differentiating and recognizing him by his caste. Hecan also hold his head high in society because his new identity is only defined by his caliber andcaliber only. This is what is called social status, which should be first felt inside then others willstart to recognize it.But the existence of caste was so essential to do politics that our new lawgiverscontinued this caste system, and to pacify the peoples of lower caste they prohibited the nounsused for it. They said that although they belong to this particular caste and this particular castehas this social status, but pronouncing it is an offense. Only government can ask their castebecause the government does not discriminate people by their caste because it is bound by lawmade by it. Government creates rules to provide some amount of super power from where it canhave majority of votes and will pretend that it is all just to create equality in the society. Somesort of monkey justice.
 
Due to the above reason people are in a dilemma. The dilemma is that one has to telleverybody that he belongs to this particular caste (to get the degree of backwardness in classesdefined by government GEN., O.B.C., S.C., S.T.,MINORITY etc.) and even prove it to thegovernment, because without this he won’t be able to get any benefit of exclusive lawscreated for him. But at the same time he feels offense by the same words by which governmentrecognizes him. And for that government provided a remedy and the words which denote casteare considered offensive and are against the government's notion of creating an equal society.So to develop equality in the society and in the minds of people, to elevate the social statusgovernment defined classes out of castes. These classes are supposed to have different impacton people than caste. Another dilemma for the people is the common words for a particularprofession/service are also used to represent a caste regardless of the fact that theprofessional/service provider belongs to some other caste. The people in India are alsoreluctant to do those jobs which have been done by the castes lower to them previously even ifthey will get more profit in it.Well! Money rules eventually and as the jobs of cobbler is shifted tosome factories/showrooms and the washer-man to laundries etc. and so on people seem tohave at ease to adopt these professions relatively. By this I mean that if you add a little glamourto the profession and price the service/product higher than usual then it will lose the inferiorityassociated with it. Well this is a matter of analysis but we should not digress from the matter.
 

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