Brahmin Bashing Justified?

Yet people vilify Brahmins of practicing Untouchability.

Despite my vigorous checking, I am yet to find a Brahmin being accused of practicing Untouchability and charged under the Law!

Other Communities have been named.
Then the stock answer, is that Brahmins consider as Theettu, and wash themselves or the place where they( SC /ST) sat.

This is a matter of.personal habit, though some smritis suggest this and they are not being followed by every one,

Untouchability Reservations Gandhi’s Muddle

While there has been confusion reigning in on the subject of social divisions,Gandhi, in his own self-styled avatar of one who can and should comment and contribute to any or all social and religious issues,whether it makes sense or not, muddled the waters by calling a group as ‘Harijans’.

“Harijan (Hindustani: हरिजन (Devanagari), ہریجن (Nastaleeq); translation: “child of God”) was a term used by Mohandas Gandhi for Dalits. Gandhi said it was wrong to call people “untouchable”, and called them Harijans, which means children of God. It is still in wide use especially in Gandhi’s home state ofGujarat.(wiki)

As things stood they were confusing; Gandhi added to it by giving a new name Harijan, Child of God as if there were not enough names!

What exactly happened is that people increased their vocabulary for a non-existent class.

So the terms that are used denote specifically anything and has become a tool in the hands of Politicians to garner votes.

There is also a confusion about the terms Untouchability ,Reservations and SC ST..

These Terms are used sa if they are interchangeable.

We have seen , to an extent what Untouchability is or is not.

More points on this to follow. on this later,

What is Reservation?

“Reservation in India is a form of affirmative action designed to improve the well-being of backward and under-represented communities defined primarily by their ‘caste’ (quota-system based on ‘gender’ or ‘religion’). These are laws (both Constitutional and statutory) or merely local rules/regulations/practices (not derived from any Act passed by the Parliament or State-Legislature) wherein a certain percentage of total available vacancies in educational institutes and government jobs are set aside for people from backward communities and others.Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) are the primary beneficiaries of the reservation policies under the Constitution — with the object of ensuring a level playing field.(wiki)

That is on a Non existent concept the whole system was devised.

There is no clear concept of the yard stick to apply to determine which constitute a SC .

As a result whoever can gather muscle strength and crowd can demand inclusion in the Reservation quota.

An depending on the exigencies of Political climate the parties as VP Singh did by The Mandal Commission.

If there has been a genuine concern for the downtrodden, the yard stick of Economic status would have been fixed.

That was not to be, because Politicians would never have had a chance to polarize the polity to garner Votes if they had fixed economic criteria as the factor for extending benefits.

In Life there is no equalizer greater than Money.

If you are rich or occupy an important position, people flock to you, no body cares about your roots.

Caste Untouchability Myths

There is a wide-spread belief that Brahmins set Untouchability Practice through the Vedas.

Untouchability is not Indian concept.
There is no term as untouchability in the Vedas of th Bhagavad Gita.

There are references to Varna denoting Disposition, Tendencies.

‘Chatur Varnam Maya Srushtam’ Bhagavad Gita- Dispositions are created by Me.

Here what Krishna says is that the effects/fruits of actions, though independent of Divine interventions, they need the Primary Principle, Brahman to operate; he Being the Saguna Manifestation of Brahman The Reality is responsible to the extent that it is applied universally and justly

Even in the Puranas, there is no word to match ‘Untouchable”

Normally people associate the term ‘Chandala’ to denote Untouchables.

But, Chandala is a Sanskrit word for someone who deals with disposal of corpses.

The attribute of Untouchable label was provided by the British.

This is sweeping generalization that has no backing of any Religious text in the organisation of caste( another term of Portuguese origin imposed on India by the British.

The Attribute of being kept untouchable was avidly promoted by the British in their effort of dividing the people of India to facilitate their hold on India with their pronounced Policy of Divide and Rule.

“Untouchability is the social-religious practice of ostracizing a minority group by segregating them from the mainstream by social custom or legal mandate. The excluded group could be one that did not accept the norms of the excluding group and historically included foreigners, house workers, nomadic tribes, law-breakers and criminals and those suffering from a contagious disease. This exclusion was a method of punishing law-breakers and also protected traditional societies against contagion from strangers and the infected. A member of the excluded group is known as anUntouchable.”

“Chandala is a Sanskrit word for someone who deals with disposal of corpses, and is a Hindu lower caste, formerly considered untouchables. Currently it is a term used specifically in Indo-Aryan speaking regions of India. Sandala has become a swear word in the colloquial usage of the Tamil language. Chandal is a general derogatory slur used to refer to a filthy, mean or low person[1] in North India.(wiki)

Note that this is not a definition, but a description being used currently after the acquisition of India by the British.

Till the Mogul period the usage was Sudra, denoting a group of people engaged in Physical work, with certain Dispositions.tendencies.

It was a tag used to denote this group and was often used colloquially to indicate one of uncouth practices, nothing more as is when we say’ he works like a Donkey’

The meaning varies ‘ depending on the context.

‘SCs STs OBC To Blame For Corruption’ Disprove It

In fact in a Leading Public Sector Bank, an Employee resigned (he was from a Forward Community,though not a Brahmin) from a Senior Position for the same harassment.

It is a ritual for Karunanidhi,the self-styled rationalist and Corruption personified to cry ” I am a Sudra, I do not wear the Thread across my chest and people are out to get me”

And have people noticed that the SC,ST who get promoted to Senior positions call the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes people working at lower rung as ‘fellows who came up by Reservations?

While talking of Caste, why is it people don not ask whether an SC will marry into ST ,or OBC and vice versa?

Look at some false cases foisted under SC S Harassment Sections.