Satyamev Jayate- touch the un-touched.


I think the the show just aired things happening in the village and didn’t give the perspective of people living in suburbs.

In my native palce:

I don’t know if many of you have seen the untouchablity. I have seen it at my very tender age. I was not allowed to play with the maid’s daughter, as I can’t touch her. Or she can’t touch me. She was served food in separated plate and glass, it has to be washed by her and kept in a corner of the kitchen. I even remember asking my grandmother, when she can’t touch us, why do get work done by her. She is touching our things, and we are indirectly touching it.  Result, no answer. ( all this happened in my grandmother house)

I have also seen another telugu community, where they don’t touch their kids till they are few years old, the baby is taken care of by a lower caste person, all day and night. Somehow it is also a notion that all the mediocre jobs are done by lower caste person.

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I mean, who created this, low high, caste etc. my understanding is, people were just grouped based on their occupation in olden times. That became even surname for many. But things gradually changed with time, people changed their occupation and standard of living. There were few communities/caste people, who were not very privileged and Govt, came up with this reservations. (Another biased system)

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At my home:

Then I completely forgot about it. We lived in a gated township. Where everything was normal ( as in people didn’t talk about caste-ism openly. ) but, still the group moved with their own community, which I realized in later years. It was ok with my parents if I had food/moved around with my neighbor’s, who belong to different caste or religion.

But things drastically changed during my college admission. I got really angry, when someone in the name of reservation got a better seat in college, with lesser marks then me. That is when I questioned about this system.

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I know the show talks about the caste, discrimination and lot more faced in the community, but it didn’t touch upon the undue privileges misused.  I am not saying anything wrong about the episode of SJ, but just adding on to it, things which I faced.

  •   I was not given a good college seat, even when I deserved, as I didn’t belong to certain caste.( yes it irritates, when you can’t pursue your dream just because of the caste)
  •  I was not allowed to attend some wedding, as they didn’t belong to my caste.( it was my maid’s wedding, as she belonged to lower caste.
  •  I was not allowed inside a particular religious place as I was not of a particular community.
  • Though I couldn’t afford so much fees during my college days, my parents had to struggle and pay, but someone who had both parents working, rich, paid half the amount as fees, as he/she belonged to reserved caste. ( is it not misusing the facility)
  • After finishing the college, where ever I went the first question I was asked is which caste I belonged to?* irritates me tot he core, when i don’t answer, they ask if i belonged to lower caste and that is why hesitant to speak it out*.
  •  Did any of face questions like, I thought you belong to certain caste, because of your complexion??
  •  Isn’t it unfair that, someone would get promotion a year before me, as he/she belonged to particular caste?

There are so many problems, whether you belong to so called upper caste or lower caste. Why all this/ why can’t we just be human, do our work and move on in life. But unfortunately, we fill the very first application with caste name, when the child is born. With few hours we put them into the circle. India will prosper only when we remove the caste from all the application we fill.

note: you may or may not agree with me.. it is just my views.

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14 thoughts on “Satyamev Jayate- touch the un-touched.

  1. I missed the episode in question for pressing reasons but I know the slime of casteism well enough. I have always abhorred untouchability and am sick of the reverse-untouchability, a nasty by-product of the populist reservation policies.

  2. Very noble thoughts, but I don’t think politicians in India will ever get rid of ‘caste’ on application forms. They have excelled in the Divide and Rule policy. The more reasons they have to divide people, even more will they find.

  3. I feel no documentation should exist about our caste. Forms should not have the column for caste at all. In my house there is no separate plate and glass set aside for whoever works for me. The utensils used by helpers are washed and kept with the rest that the household uses. I have been looked down upon for doing that. But I don’t care.
    And I agree with Bhagwad’s comment above.

    1. even, i try to keep same plates and glasses for my househelps too.. but with MIL around, it at times becomes impossible. i too agree with Bhagwad’s comment.

  4. I always felt the reservations system has done more to perpetuate the notion and acceptance of caste than anything else in our history. Now it’s formalized and on paper. If the government wanted to truly get rid of caste, it should remove all references to it and make discrimination based on caste illegal and enforce it.

    Moreover, reservations once instituted will never stop. Can you imagine the PM waking up one day and telling parliament “We’ve done enough for lower castes now. It’s time to remove reservations”? That would be a political death sentence.

    It’s very easy to institute perks, subsidies and rewards. But almost impossible to remove them.

    1. that is the sad state of our country, even if we try to eradicate it at our level, we cant transform in larger scale. people wont accept it and allow it. politicians will play on it. yes u r right, i cant imagine PM doing it, even for a good cause..

  5. Putting down the caste in the government forms is totally useless.I mean what is achieved by bifurcating the person on the basis of a particular community. The society consists of all kinds of people, from an engineer to a farmer. One cannot survive without the other, for the individual as well as the country as a whole. I liked your sense of thought in case of your maid’s daughter. You do touch whatever she touches, so what is the use of keeping this untouchability rule.

    I had not heard of this rule of not touching the new-borns. Strange and illogical.

  6. I have seen it too at a tender age , I remember the SLAP i got when by mistake I touched the utensil of the farm help with the one i was pouring food from ..

    Regarding reservation WELL It shud not be as reservation brings a bigger divide, how can it be expected that a person ranked in thousands get a seat while a person in hundreds has not ..

    politics is DIRTY in our nation , VOTE ke liye kuch bhi karega and we voters forget that the person we are voting for is having the last laugh .. ALWAYS

  7. I didn’t know about the telugu community ritual of not touching their own child. I think the show did not completely take village view point because there were guests who belonged to middle class as well.

    I agree with the anger against people getting seats on the basis of being of a particular caste. I always say that reservation should be on the basis of economic status and not which catse a person belongs to. The government can go for system like certain percentage for children below the poverty line or earning minimal wages. That makes more sense.

    India will prosper when we stop doing the same things at our home and teach our children to not do so.

    1. JAS, even if we teach our children, once they are out in this dirty society they have to face it na.. inpsite of being protected from all this, i faced it during my college admission na..

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