22nd August 2013
Caste (Publication of jati and varna) Abolition Bill
Continuing on the issue of caste abolition, it is both hard and somewhat inappropriate for a government to get involved in a matter so intensely related with religion.
However, it surely violates the basic concept of equality enshrined in the Constitution if everytime some child reads a textbook reference to Nehru he is told that Nehru was a Kashmiri pandit (brahmin) or Ambedkar was an untouchable or Gandhi was a bania.
The qualification of the name of an individual with his caste is unconstitutional. It is like saying Ambedkar comes from a slave 'race', and Nehru comes from the 'rulers' 'race'.
While Hinduism sorts its evils out, it is NOT appropriate for the children of India to be taught this caste rubbish.
Second, it is unconstitutional to advertise one's caste or otherwise publicise it – for it is intended to signal either an advantage or disadvantage over others on characteristics UNRELATED to actual merit/capability or even 'beauty'.
Therefore it is appropriate, in my current view (unless someone shows me that this line of thinking is untenable), for the parliament of India to enact a bill that forbids publication of jati and varna.
While abolition of caste will require significant and sustained effort from social reformers, the idea that people can ADVERTISE their caste, or that their caste is ADVERTISED in school textbooks is violative of any basic principle of equality.
Let's drive caste underground and make people doubt the validity of this idea That will help social reformers in their task of destroying and annihilating caste.