Reading Vesant Moon’s autibiography “Growing Up Untouchable in India”, my classmates became confused and most of them asked about my religion “Hinduism”. Most of them asked me why I support this religion which creates inequality among people. They are surprised, how gods can teach people not to touch someone who are poor and work in lower professions? All these questions made me upset, and I think, it is high time to make clear all the confusions. Personally, I also never thought before about this bad practice of my religion, but one of my friends has made the fact clear to me. I want to discuss this briefly here.               

                You know that the Hinduism is the most ancient religion among all the religions. The Hindus worship many gods and goddesses of various powers, and this practice has been going on from the very beginning of the creation. In fact, it is true that the Hinduism follows only one god Lord “Krishna” of all powers jointly. There are many mythologies of Hinduism named “Ramayana” and “Mahayvarat” which are written by some people from different religious beliefs actually, these are not our main religious messages from gods. The mention of caste system is found only in those mythologies. The four casts of my religion are Brahmans, Khatrio, Baisha, and Shudro. The Brahmans are highly respected, and provided all facilities. The lowest cast is “Shudro” who are considered untouchables. They have to live in extreme poverty and their professions are fishing, carrying dead bodies, scavanture, stitching shoes, cleaning the garbage. Most of the Hindus start discriminating from this mythological belief which are not actually true, and are not based on the principle of the god.

                The only holy book of the Hindus is “Srimadvagabad Gita” which is received directly from the god, and written by Lord “Krishna”. In that holy book, there is no mention of untouchability, and inequality is totally absent there. The massage of our god is to keep away people from conflicts, and everyone should have to be considered equal to make the world peaceful. Our god never supports inequality.

                Our god is not biased, but people are biased. A group of people creates this discrimination for their self –advantages; they dominate and use these lower caste people for their own purposes, and want to persuade other people not to touch them which create inequality in the society.

                It is a matter of sorrow that this discrimination is supported by educated people, and still now, these superstitions are alive in our Hinduism. I am surprised why any Hindu never researched about this truth that the principles of Hinduism never support caste system.  

                To sum up, it is obvious that people are responsible for this kind of discrimination, not the god.

One Response to Clarification

  1. aditi27 says:

    Dear Papun,
    I am very thankful to you for taking a step ahead to clarify the misconceptions that our friends have tend to develop reading the first three chapters of Growing Up Untouchables in India.
    However, I would like to make some corrections. On your mention about the writer of Shrimad Bhagwat Gita, it was Sage Ved Vyasa who wrote it on what Lord Krishna spoke. It was neither received from the god nor written by Lord Krishna. The other thing is that Lord Krishna is not the god with all joint power as you have mentioned. In fact, according to Hinduism, Brahma is the creator of the universe, Vishnu is the protector of the universe, and Shiva is the god of destruction. These three gods are the major gods, while there are millions of other gods. Next, the writer of Ramayana was Sage Balmiki, and Mahabharata was written by Sage Ved Vyasa; moreover, both of them were the followers of Hinduism. One more thing is that Shrimad Bhagwat Gita is not the one and only holy book of Hinduism. Another important thing that I found is not factual is your sentence, “They have to live in extreme poverty…” This is not true. Social class had almost no effect and still it does not have tremendous effect on Hindu societies, where caste system governs the mentality of people. Even some Shudras were rich in the past and they are today as well.
    Whereas there is the concern about the practice of untouchability among Hindus, an important thing to note is that the caste system was primarily formed for the systematic management of manpower. This later turned out to become very rigid, and some of the learned Brahmins misinterpreted the caste system and the message of the holy texts for their personal benefits. As you have mentioned, the gods are not biased and they were not the ones to create this rigid form of caste system discriminating people on the basis of their birth caste.

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