Some days back a news came that in MP a DALIT villager was beaten up by THAKURS for smoking without their permission. How just for not taking permission for smoking how one can beat a person so much that comes in national news headlines on IBN and many other places, simply HORRIBLE. Ok, that Dalit was smoking at a funeral and that is never a good move but was it that big fault or the bigger fault is that he has not taken permission of so called UPPER CAST THAKURS of the village? Does a caste need to prove its superiority by doing such acts or what? We have got independence 61 yrs back but still we are not free or due to some unscrupulous people we are not allowed to be free. We are trapped in the shitty conservative opinions, which have no significance in today's date.
These incidents always remind me the scenes from two Hindi movies:
1) In SWADES, when Mohan Bhargava (played by Sharukh Khan) tries to provide proper education to the lower caste children then a lot of barriers come his way. Even supposedly the most wise man called SARPANCH has asked him that "KON THAKUR HO TUM" translates which caste do you belong. Also in the amphitheater show in the village, separate arrangements were made for upper and lower caste people.
The scene from Swades where Mohan Bhargava drinks water from an earthen cup for the first time. It is a turning point not just in the movie but in the history of Indian cinema. As the kid sells water for 25 paise a glass, as Mohan Bhargava's mind becomes a battlefield of thought and choice, it is YOU who is compelled to think, it is YOUR eyes tears swell up in. Watch it...
I have also visited places and heard about the incidents where one still gets different treatments based on one's caste. Untouchability has been illegal in India since independence, but it is still commonly practiced. In many villages Dalits are not allowed to drink clean water from a well. In some areas, tea shops keep a different glass for Dalits to use, so higher-caste Hindus are not "polluted" by drinking from the same vessel, even after it has been washed. After the 2004 tsunami, Dalit survivors in Tamilnadu were prevented from sharing water in relief camps.
Even I do know a lady, who is the wife of a gazetted officer and she herself is a English teacher. Her children are reaching heights like her son is doing his PhD, one daughter is an engineer, another one is a scientist. Her children have got their basic education from Aligarh Muslim University so naturally they have many Mohammedan friends. So she has two different set of cups, glasses and utensils: one for themselves and another for highly educated Mohammedan friends of their children. If the most educated segments of our country will behave like this then where the next generation will head towards? It is a matter of great concern for us and there is a need to spread awareness for all this in our country. If a Mohan Bhargava does this in a movie then there are millions of Mohan Bhargava in this country who can change their locality by spreading awareness and educate people about this. Hence, they can contribute in the new dawn of independent INDIA.