Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Caste System in India

This is a post that I had wanted to post during the Gujjar incident, but some how it have remained incomplete...
Long long ago there used to be a race of highly talented and yet uncivilized barbarians known as the Aryans. Talented because they created the Vedas, uncivilized because they were nomadic (still a controversy). Finally the Aryans found a nice place near South Eastern Part of Asia. The place was a plane with rivers. Then the Aryans had a place to live permanently, so they started developing a civilization. The place was called Arya Barta and the civilization, the Aryan Civilization.
As the Aryan civilization started flourishing many customs started changing. As villages transformed into towns, the requirements of the villagers changed. There is no need for everybody to go hunting or farming, only a part of the population can do the job to support the group. But what about God, who bestowed the Aryans with Arya Barta and the rivers. They need to be worshiped and to worship them the Aryans reserved the best minds. The best minds started worshipping Gods by writing hymns in a very secret and tough language called the Sanskrit. The knowledge of the time were composed and documented in Sanskrit. A point of note is that Sanskrit was never the language of the population. But the things were deliberately documented in Sanskrit, rather coded in Sanskrit the mother of all languages. Sanskrit is literally the mother of all languages, because the language was too tough to master or was deliberately done so. The elite or best guys did not want the knowledge to be passed to all. They knew the power of knowledge and they kept the power in their hands. By doing so the elites or Brahmins made the ground ready for the downfall of the Aryans.
There were some in the group who were the best considering physical strength. They were charged with task of protecting the entire group. But in return they were given the best available stuffs regarding food, dress and status. The group was known as the Kshyatrias.
There were some people in the group who were brilliant at making deals and they were assigned with the task of buying and selling. They were known as the Vyasas.
Finally the remaining guys who did not have the power of mind, body or tongue were left to do the things to support the rest. They were regarded as inferior and useless. Though they used to do the core work to support them and all. They were called the Sudras.
Initially all of the grouping was done based on individual capabilities. It follows the rule of nature. The best gets the best and the weakest the worst. So far, so good.
They say power corrupts the best minds. A Kshyatria or Brahmin would hardly like to have his son as a Sudra irrespective of his capabilities. So they gradually made a rule. A rule that became the major cause of the downfall of India (In my point of view). It is the rule of caste. A son of a Brahmin will become a Brahmin irrespective of his capabilities and the rule was applied to all the rest castes as well. It is a rule that defied the rule of the nature. A son of a Brahmin may not have the talent, aptitude or passion for knowledge, yet he is to be a Brahmin.
Vedas consist of knowledge. Knowledge, which was the outcome of the experience of generations. It was a collective experience of one and all. But the Vedas were now in the hands of a group who were not the best to work on them or enhance them. The protectors are a bunch of people who were not the best considering strength and the dealers were a bunch of people who were not the best ones to carry a deal. The outcome was devastating.
The caste that suffered the most was undoubtedly the Sudras. They did not enjoy the best of any thing rather they got the worst of everything. Their life became pathetic and was regarded was a curse.

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