Don’t pretend not to see caste

Source: The post is based on the article “Don’t pretend not to see caste — to fight it, we must first acknowledge its existence” published in “The India express” on 21st August 2023.

Syllabus: GS1- Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

News: In this article, the author discusses the deep-rooted casteism in India. There is a need to acknowledge and address it for genuine inclusivity. Article also highlights the struggles of Dalits, the importance of representation beyond reservations, and the significance of embracing and celebrating Dalit history in the Indian independence movement.

What are the incidents that show casteism is still present in India?

Denial of Caste: Many claims to live in a casteless society, but incidents like discrimination against lower-caste individuals indicate its absence. Darshan Solanki’s suicide, children beaten over drinking water, and men shot for riding horses suggest caste-based violence are some examples.

Reservation Debates: Discussions about reservations on social media show underlying biases against reserved categories.

Professional Bias: Some avoid doctors with lower-caste surnames, suspecting them of lacking merit.

Dalit Representation: Dalits still struggle for representation in cultural and intellectual spaces, indicating systemic barriers.

What is the importance of De-casteing in India?

Genuine Inclusivity: Acknowledging casteism is crucial for creating an inclusive society where everyone is treated equally.

Dalit Struggles: Without addressing caste, the struggles and discrimination faced by Dalits continue.

Fair representation: De-casting ensures fair representation of all communities in premier institutions, media, and cultural spaces.

Trust Building: Addressing caste issues is vital for building trust among various communities.

Enriches national history: Recognizing Dalit contributions to the Indian independence movement enriches national history.

Progress and Unity: Overcoming caste barriers is essential for India’s unified progress and realizing the vision of “sabka vishwas”.

How can De-casteing be achieved?

Acceptance: Firstly, acknowledge the presence and impact of casteism in society, instead of denying or overlooking it.

Education: Educate younger generations about the importance of seeing beyond caste and the value of inclusivity.

Representation beyond reservations: Push for Dalit representation in cultural institutions, intellectual spaces, and media, beyond just reserved seats in politics.

Celebrate Dalit History: Embrace and highlight the contributions of Dalits in the Indian independence movement and other spheres.

Promote Allies: Encourage individuals from privileged castes to become allies, supporting marginalized communities in various spaces.

Build Trust: Address and work on the distrust Dalits might feel towards the upper segments of society, fostering unity.

Policies Emphasizing Inclusion: Formulate policies that emphasize diversity, inclusion, and equity, ensuring nobody is left behind.

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