For those who say there is no caste discrimination in private job market.
Book “Blocked by Caste: Economic Discrimination and Social Exclusion in Modern India” published in 2010 reports an experiment –
Thorat and Attewell ran an experiment to test caste discrimination in the urban labour market. For one year, researchers collected advertisements from leading English language newspapers for jobs in the private sector that required a university degree but no specialised skills. The researchers then submitted three false applications for each job. The applicants, all male, had the same or similar education qualification and experience. One of them had a recognisable upper caste Hindu name, another a Muslim name and the third a distinctly Dalit name. The expected outcome was a call for interview or further screening.
An analysis of the outcomes, using regression methods, showed that, although there were an equal number of false applicants from three social groups, for every 10 upper caste Hindu applicants selected for interview, only six Dalits and three Muslims were chosen. Thus, in modern private enterprises (including IT), applicants with a typical Muslim or Dalit name had a lower chance of success than those with the same qualification and an upper caste Hindu name.
For more detail read book named – BLOCKED BY CASTE, ECONOMIC DISCRIMINATION IN MODERN INDIA: Edited by Sukhadeo Thorat, Katherine S. Newman; Oxford University Press
Here is what Dr. Ambedkar noted almost a century ago, nothing has changed since then.
Last week, I asked on Twitter that are you Non-casteist or Anti-casteism? (Non-Casteist = Don’t discriminate Anti-Casteism = Want whole caste system end)
I was overwhelmed by the response. 939 people voted with 30% saying they are non-castiest and rest 70% saying they want whole caste system to end. This result can be biased as most of my Twitter followers are from Dalit community so they want whole caste system to end. Maybe, same was represented in the poll results.
Now, the question is is being non-casteist just enough? 30% non-casteist, do they feel comfortable with discrimination happening to others? Following are the usual responses that I hear from most of the upper castes –
I don’t discriminate.
I won’t discriminate.
I never discriminated.
I am not casteist.
I can’t discriminate.
… and the list goes on and on.
Why even after 2000 years this caste based discrimination is there? Maybe because people in power tend to turn blind eye on caste discrimination. Because they are non-casteist (maybe) not anti-casteist.
Even if you are non-casteist, Dalits are still being discriminated, Dalits are still being raped, killed etc. It is not enough that you are non-casteist. You turning blind eye (being non-casteist) to caste discrimination is not going to change anything in society, Dalits will still be killed, discriminated. Most of Indians don’t get angry seeing caste discrimination; it has become a part of people’s lives in India and till we won’t get angry seeing caste discrimination, there won’t be any change in the society. Get angry and fight against caste based discrimination.
If we want any change, we need to stop being non-casteist to anti-casteism.
What you guys think? Let me know in the comments.
I had written few years back Death Penalty: A Free Pass to kill Dalits and Minorities? but the death of Ex President Dr. Abdul Kalam has reminded me his views on death penalty.
He had said, ‘Why does the capital punishment confine only to the weaker sections (Dalits and Muslims) of the Indian society?’ – Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam
In case you are supporting the death penalty of Yakub Memon, stop shedding crocodile tears over the death of Dr. Abdul Kalam because you are not following what he had said about death penalty. He was in favor of abolition of death penalty.
The best tribute to Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam would be abolishing the death penalty.
Those who are saying, he was a great man, great scientist or what not, must know that he also had said that “almost all capital punishment cases which were pending had a social and economic bias: in other words, the death penalty is mostly reserved for the poor.”
Will Yoga heal the sick mentality of RSS and BJP people? No. Will Yoga help BJP and RSS people stop hating Dalits, Muslims and other minority communities? No. Will Yoga help BJP and RSS people to concentrate on developing and improving the situation of Dalits and other minority communities? No.
[Tweet “Will RSS and BJP people after doing Yoga stop giving hate speeches? No. Nothing will change then why Yoga?”]
Yoga day started by Modi government is another trick to keep people’s attention away from the real issues. Attack on Dalits and minority community are on rise. Rapes on Dalit women are on rise, people are hungry and dying because of poverty but so called government of India is busy celebrating Yoga Day! It is not only ridiculous but shameful.
Earlier Modi government tried to keep attention of people away from real problems with Swatch Bharat, which was failure. Under the name of such schemes, Modi government is trying to hide the crimes and scams its government doing. We must be aware of such tricks and must speak against these propaganda. Millions and millions are spent on promoting and advertising Yoga Day, the money which could have been used somewhere else properly.
Many of so called Yoga Gurus are involved in rapes and other crimes, so how can people trust those people with Yoga?
It was so much in news few days back that Modi made visited 18 countries in 1st year of rule. But it was not much reported that his cabinet also spend almost same time and money visited and wasting public money.
According to data compiled by Factly, a data-journalism portal, more than 42% the Union Cabinet collectively spent 393 days on foreign visits in the first 9 months of the NDA government.
It is such a shame that public money is wasted and it seems that Modi govt. is the 1st govt. that is run from the foreign lands. What progress and improvement one can expect from such an govt.? ‘Modi government ministers sometimes visits to India also’ has become a common joke!
According to the latest article by The Wall Street Journal, poorer Bangladesh is better than India in human development index, which is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and per capita income. India is even worse than Sri Lanka on Human Development Index. India and Indian governments don’t want to invest in people but want to benefit corporate world only! And in all this, Dalit-Bahujans are the one who suffer the most. Earlier this year, Indian government had cut budget for health and education and fund from Dalit’s share were also cut down to satisfy corporate world. It is such a shameful act that when people are not progressing what is the use of building big businesses, which Indian governments support?
Check out – Dalits/Adivasis ignored in union budget 2015
Few highlights from the comparison between Bangladesh and India –
- Life expectancy in Bangladesh is better than in India.
- Percentage of women in work-force are more in Bangladesh than in India.
- More girls in Bangladesh are enrolled in schools than in India.
Check out the full comparison from the picture!
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India vs Bangladesh on HDI
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