ABOUT CASTE AND POLITICS

The sad thing is that Indian politicians are still using caste for their own petty, selfish and mean purposes – and dividing India more and more and more on caste lines – when there is a strong aspiration amongst many Indians to go beyond caste in our 21st century. What do YOU think???? FG
http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/lucknow/naik-asks-for-info-on-caste-based-recruitment-process-in-state.html

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4 responses to “ABOUT CASTE AND POLITICS

  1. Dr. Gopal Sharma

    I firmly believe in caste. Our people who follow sanatan dharma know fully that our very existence is based on this. And that’s how we could withstood the onslaught of invedors.

  2. The caste gradation of Hindus divides them into socially fragmented groups. Religion unites people, but Hinduism created fissures among its adherents by the caste classification. We can find that the original inhabitants of India never instituted any caste system. It began with the ancient Vedic priests (yagnikas), who considered themselves as racially superior. They devised caste system in order to protect their racial purity and to exercise control over the people, whom they brought under subjugation. It is one of the earliest instances of colonialism in per-historic times, similar to the conquests of native populations by white Europeans in the continents of America, Africa and other places. Although, some Indians try to prove that Aryans were not different from the native Indians, all evidence suggests that it was a racially conscious group, which injected this poison into the Indian society. One may make any number of arguments for and against the Aryan invasion theory, but the truth is apparent and cannot be erased from the canvas of Indian history. The otherwise lofty teachings in the scriptures are marred by the deification of a particular caste, the Brahmins. Again, instead of questioning its irrational foundation, some Hindus are eager to prove that caste system is good. No government would be able to promote the study of Hindu scriptures in schools and colleges despite its great treasure house of knowledge; it is because of the unequal and objectionable caste hierarchy in them. In almost all the scriptures, the Brahmin is eulogized to the level of a god, and the sudra is condemned without any privileges in the society. This hidden apartheid in the body of Hindu scriptures prevents it being accepted universally.

    The Sanatana spiritual culture followed only the Guru-centric jnana path. The status of Guruhood was substituted by the temple tradition involving priest-craft and worship of devi-devas. This deviation fragmented the Indian society spiritually as well as socially giving India two contradictory spiritual characteristics. We can identify these two spiritual characteristics in terms of the Arsha Bharata Samskara guided by the guru tradition, and the brahmanical Haindava culture, which has grown through the popular temple tradition with all sorts of superstitions, caste restrictions, untouchability and so on. The Haindava culture was strongly established here in which different spiritual entities with different names and forms and rituals were installed in temples and worshipped in order to appease them through tantric and mantric rituals with the intermediacy of priests. Along with this, the practices of blessings, performance of siddhi, miracles and exorcism also emerged. The jnana path tried to nourish the qualities of truth, love, compassion and humility through right thoughts and deeds and strived to earn punya – virtue through the ways of karma and dharma and bhakti for attaining mukthi. In contrast, for the fulfillment of desires, when people began to adopt a faith system based on the worship of spiritual entities beginning from trimurtis, demigods, yaksha, gandharva, kinnara, bhuta ganas and other angelic beings as well as all types of demonic and disturbed spirits roaming the earth’s atmosphere, these meritless spiritual practices resulted in the physical deformity as well as mental degradation of the populace. They were further made to suffer confined in the ghettos of caste, religion, clan, tribe, with each caste, clan and tribe owing allegiance to different gods, occupation, customs, rituals, etc. Such a degrading and retrogressive culture was perpetuated in the society through mythology, language, arts and literature, religious edicts, etc. as well as through the wondrous tales of siddhi and through the scholarly discourses about maya, dvaita and advaita. This spiritual diversion has been the root cause for the subsequent spiritual fall and cultural degradation of Indian society.

  3. Menonroopesh

    Every system was built for a reason… But like you pointed out in this 21st century…. It’s just a farce.. For pure political selfish needs. The people who still preach do they apply the same logic when buying goods, any forms of entertainment [sic], etc… Aha.

  4. Here is an interesting article on Indian Marxists and their impact on the study of Hinduism.”Saving History from Historians” http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/voices/saving-history-from-historians

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