April 04, 2017 @ 01:15 PM

Casteism has become our way of life

 In some of B schools, MBA aspirants may be asked to write essay before GD & PI therefore it is must to start practice for Essay writing. Today, you will read Essay on: Casteism has become our way of life
 
It is true to a certain extent that casteism, strict adherence to the caste system, has become our way of life. The caste system originated in India around two thousand years ago, where people were categorized based on their occupations.
 
So, the primary castes in India are Brahmin, which comprises the priests; Kshatriya, which comprises the warriors; Vaisya, the famers, traders and artisans; and Shudra, tenant farmers and servants. 
 
Those born outside of these occupations are termed as ‘untouchables’. And the caste system is based on the belief of reincarnation. A person’s soul, based on his deeds or misdeeds, will be reborn into a new material form. 
 
So, if a person born into the Shudra caste did something good in his life, he would be born as a Kshatriya, Vaisya or Brahmin in his next life.This caste system has become so engrained in our brains that it has become difficult to get rid of it. 
 
Today, three main categories of people have been identified as eligible for preferential policies that reserve seats in government jobs, educational institutes, and public sector enterprises. 
 
They are also given legal assistance, scholarships, and loans, and these groups are Scheduled Castes (SCs), communities that are considered untouchables; Scheduled Tribes (STs), those who refuse to accept the caste system and reside in jungles and hilly regions; and Other Backward Classes (OBCs), mostly from the Shudra category. 
 
Even though efforts are being undertaken to uplift the status of people in backward classes, there is an overt hostility and violence expressed against these classes. 
 
The 2012 Dharmapuri violence started because a girl and boy of different castes decided to get married but faced opposition from their families. This led to the suicide of the bride’s father and provoked a mob to torch over 200 houses in Natham, Tamil Nadu.
 
Even though the government is trying to come up with policies to uplift the status of lower castes by giving them certain incentives, we are unable to shift our focus from casteism to a society where meritocracy prevails and everyone is treated equally.
 
A person born into the Shudra caste will be considered a Shudra for his entire life even though he works hard and secures a good job. He will not be allowed to marry someone from another caste and he will face restrictions in certain areas. 
 
Over the years, rules pertaining to the caste system have reduced in severity – in the past, people from different castes were not allowed to dine in the same premises, but this has changed now.
 
However, the caste system has not been wiped out from the Indian society. It is still part of our DNA of living and it will become a parasite if it is not eradicated from the Indian society soon.
 
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