If I were a SC/ST..... (Re: Caste system is NOT evil as projected )
I read a few messages on the subject whether the caste system is evil or not a evil. I feel it is the society and the Government who make any system good or bad. Let their be a caste systme but if some segment of the society do not create a friction or see others with hatred it can be good because development is possible only when a community is unite and make joint efforts. I was born and brought up in Andamans, we studied the Caste system but never saw or experience any bad impact of caste system in those tiny. Since people from every State and every walk of life had settled there, there used to be mingling or socialising among each other without the barrier of caste, state or religion. We were comfortable with any religion, any caste or creed. It is only when i came Delhi, I could see the other side of the coin. One day my boss asked me whether I belong to " Reserved Quota". My parents originally belonged to Jharkhand so I told him that I am a Adivasi. I explained to him and in due course to all of my colleages about the Adivasis. Once they understood what means to be an Adivasi, nothing wrong happened to me. What i mean to say that often people around us act or react with unfounded notions or without having deeper knowldege of the subject.
I feel it is only politics or few groups who create friction among society for some vested interest. If there is any evil in a system, it has to be eliminated as "Sati Pratha" was eliminated from indian society.Someone within the Society has to take a lead.
I don't think we can eliminate caste system from our society because every politician has some stake on this issue. One may like or dislike this system but apart from politicians, those within the system as well. For example we can take the instance of Gujjar Community who are demanded ST status. Even though Government jobs are declining more and more people want to be inside the system of "Reservation". The question why may have many answers and many reasons.
Taking Andaman and Nicobar Islands as an example in my mind it is education and better medical facilities which can help us to improve.Exploitation is there because people are uneducated. Uneducation is there because people are poor. The people are poor because the Administration is corrupt. Government is spending crores and crores on various schemes but is it reaching to poors and needy? Perhaps, No. Let us try to find ways to eradicte the evils.
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