India's Internal Racism - Casteism
Caste System in India discriminates against people who are born into a particular caste. It’s prevalent across rural and urban areas, depending on the type of person you are dealing with. In ancient India, people’s jobs were defined by the caste they were born into. So a shoemaker’s child could not dream of becoming an engineer but was supposedly destined to be a “shoemaker” only. Over time, this notion was fought and equal opportunity was provided for everyone to succeed. Because of years of oppression that people faced due to their birth caste, the Indian government has passed reservation quota in education and jobs to ensure that the ones suppressed are no longer left behind and given a platform to shine.
Saving Children in Poverty is a not-for-profit NGO working in the Sector Four Slum of Faridabad, India. Many people in the slum, even though not educated, have successfully escaped the chains of caste discrimination. Still, the cleaning community in the Slum is treated … differently. They live separately, however, other castes are in touch with each other.
In some parts of India, caste discrimination takes on an extreme form. For example, some Dalits are not allowed to drink water from wells or to go into temples and treated as untouchables because of the caste they were born into.
One would think that education would be the answer against such mindless discrimination. But as recently as 2017, when a Pune scientist found out that her cook was not a Brahmin (from an upper caste community), she filed a police complaint. This is discrimination at its one of the ugliest forms.
As seen from the above incident, education is not the answer, but we can always try our best and work for a change. After all, “Hope is a good thing, maybe, the best.” Please join our effort to educate poor and underprivileged kids in India, so that they grow up to be responsible adults without any prejudices.