‘Untouchable’: The ugly face of Hindu society

Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004) got published his classic novel ‘Untouchable’ in 1935. The novel is based on the life of its untouchable hero, Bakha, showing the extent of Hindu society been stooped in its treatment of lower-caste people (over 220 million), the great majority of whom work in ignominious, polluting and unclean occupations.

The narrative boils down to the fact that Hindu society, like Talmudic society, is based on racism and caste sysyem, though in different ways. The upper-caste Hindus (Brahmins) too had their ‘anti-Semitism’ label (known as ‘polluted”), which they applied to the Hindus of lower-caste and all the non-Hindus. The book, ‘Untouchable’ narrates the story of the mindset of Hindu pervert society which is full of fear from openess and forces its women folks, if not killed before or during childhood – to live in indignity when raped while the perpetrators roam free. According to the story, a temple priest tries to allure a girl Gulabo who is a sweeper in the temple to enter into sanctum- sanctorum of the temple where she is normally prohibited to enter and then tries to molest her. As soon as the girl retaliates and condemn him – the Brahmin priest shouts “polluted”… “polluted”….blaming the girl for polluting the temple by entering into sanctum- sanctorum.

Muslim rulers, due to their Islamic tolerance, did not interfere with the Brahmin (White) evil grip over the Hindu society. They established close relationship with the second and third caste people – Ksatriyas (Red) and Vaisyas (Brown) – by giving them higher administration and military posts and marrying among them. Mughal Emperor Akbar’s Queen, Jodha Bai, was a Ksatriyas princess, who became the grandmother of all the Mughal kings who followed Emperor Akbar until the abolition of Mughal dynasty by the British East India Company in the middle on 17th century. Muslim rulers allowed several Hindu heinous rituals, such as Satti (burning of a widow alive on a pyre), which eventually was equated to a murder by the British colonialists. However, it’s still practiced in some remote areas of India.

Muslim tolerance, though, paid in by the conversion of millions of non-Brahmin Hindus to Islam. During the British Raj, most of converts to Christianity were untouchables.

After the independence in August 1947 – the Brahmin minority asserted its old dictorial powers once again – though the discrimination became subtle in many cases. For example, Babu Jagjivan Ram (1908-1986), an untouchable from Bihar was president of the ruling Congress Party – but after Indira Gandhi’s assassination, he was passed-over by the piss-drinking Brahmin, Morarji Desai, as prime minister of India (1977-79).

Though India has made great achievements in science and technology – the acute poverty among country’s one billion population is increasing year by year. It’s amazing that country which has four world’s top billionaires – 81% of its population live on US$2 per day. Poverty in some sectors is so high that farmers are being forced to sell wives and daughters in order to pay debt to Brahmin loansharks.

Vidya Bushan Rawat in his July 22, 2009 article, titled Rape As An Instrument Of Politics, wrote:

“Rape will always be a powerful weapon in the armed struggles, communal disturbances, social upheavals as long as women’s virginity and purity are the ‘honor’ in our society. As long as we consider them as a matter of our ‘ijjat’, it will be used as a tool to dishonor them. Whether some boy picks up quarrel with another one in the village, it is the sister who has to face the consequences. The villagers will moan, communities will fight but the girl would be destined to live a life in isolation and misery. She can not come out hence even if she receive hefty compensation, unless our families are properly counseled no rehabilitation can take place and the money would go to the parents who would then find out a person for her and she would be tied for marriages but the stigma of being raped would also be there. There are very few cases where the girl would live a life of honor as she will not be accepted by the larger society.

The problem is many times, to save them from an adverse verdict, the lawyers advice the alleged rapist to ‘marry’ the girl and withdraw charges of rape. Law has never been reformative and any person who is different from others, find it difficult to get a good lawyer to present her case. How can the court grant permission to alleged rapist to marry the girl. It is because of the social taboos. Fact is that India may not be officially a Hindu Rastra but the laws of Manu are very powerful in our society and they prevail over a secular constitution.

The only answer against such heinous crime is to fight against it and not feel guilty and humiliated. And one woman who challenged it and became an icon was Phoolan Devi. Educated upper castes called her ‘dacoit’, but none ever came forward to encourage her live a life of dignity after she was raped and molested by the Thakurs in rural Kanpur Dehat region. She did not accept the defeat. She did not lead a life in miseries. She decided to avenge it. Many people might not justify what she did and none can justify those violent acts yet Phoolan revolt against the brahmanical system is an example that rather then feeling shame of their misdeeds, it is time to pay back with interest. She did not ask for any brutality or rape. She denied being part of any murder of people in Behmai yet she lived like queen. Whether you call it larger then life image or not, but Phoolan never believed in submitting herself to the fancies of these upper caste thugs. She became a legend in her life time who lived life with dignity and self respect…..”

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