“Turn in any direction you like, Caste is the Monster that crosses your path. You cannot have Political Reform, you can not have Economic Reform, unless you kill this Monster.”
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on
There can, under these conditions, be no freedom that isworthwhile unless the mind is trained to use its freedom.(Giventhis fact) the right of man to education becomes fundamental to hisfreedom. Deprive a man of knowledge and you will make himinevitably the slave of those more fortunate than himself....deprivation of knowledge is a denial of the power to use liberty forgreat ends. An ignorant man may be free. ...(But) he cannot employhis freedom so as to give him assurance of happiness.
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Education every one must have. Means of defence every onemust have. These are the paramount requirements of every manfor his self-preservation. How can the fact that his neighbour iseducated and armed, help a man who is uneducated and disarmed.The whole theory is absurd. These are the questions, which thedefenders of Chaturvarnya do not seem to be troubled about. Butthey are very pertinent questions. …On account of theChaturvarnya they could receive no education.They could notthink out or know the way to their salvation. They were condemnedto be lowly and not knowing the way of escape and not having themeans of escape, they became reconciled to eternal servitude,which they accepted as their inescapable fate.
Although this may be true yet it cannot be difficult toseparate the essential and fundamental features of caste from itsnon-essential and superficial features. An easy way to ascertainthis is to ask,‘
What are the matters for which a person is liable to beexcluded from caste
The Social Organism of India, the play of its motive forces,is moreover, regulated infinitely more by customs, carryingaccording to locality and baffling is its complexity.
The existence of a
and the absence of it have asignificance which must be clearly understood.
A Caste may be defined as a Social group having a)Belief in Hindu Religion and bound by certain regulations as to b)Marriage, c)Food, d)Occupation. A social group having a
Common Nameby which it is recognized.
“There is only one period in Indian history, which is a period of freedom, greatnessand glory. That is the period of the Mourya Empire. At all other times the country suffered from defeat and darkness. But the Mourya period was a period whenChaturvarnya was completely annihilated, when the Shudras, who constituted themass of the people, came into their own and became the rulers of the country.”
Governance of Ashoka The Great; By Thinking for welfare & prosper State.