Saturday, 27 July 2013

Love, Caste and Violence!

Ilavarasan : Source- theHindu

They say love is universal and it can happen between anyone. There is no stopping it. Love, if it is true, does not see nationality, religion, language, caste or creed or colour. And these days, though odd for some people to digest, love can also happen between people belonging to the same gender. And I am talking about the love between two lovers. In that context, the recent news of Ilavarasan's death has greatly grieved and angered and upset me.

As many of you would know, Ilavarasan was found dead on the railway track on the 4th of this month. Now the Police is investigating it. I do not know whether it was a suicide or murder.Whatever it may be, the person is dead. The death of Ilavarasan was preceeded by an eight month long misunderstanding. The only 'sin' Ilavarasan committed was that he was  from a scheduled caste and he loved Divya, from a higher caste. You would have read it in the newspaper. These two people were in love and there were violent attacks and burning of houses in the colonies of Dharmapuri district on November 7 of last year by casteist forces, the stupid reason being inter-caste marriage between Divya, a high-born and Ilavarasan, a low-born, following the suicide of Divya's father on hearing this news.

Now, the underlining problem here is casteism. It is an ugly problem prevailing in India since time immemorial. Even after so much development in India in all fields, this is still here. We say that this problem exists only in villages. But I feel it is also in urban areas. The only difference being the problem is extreme in the rural areas in the form of violence while it is subtle in urban areas in the form of socialising in groups (confession pages in facebook) and alienating other people. I have seen this. In paper, people in India are united and equal. But practically, this is mostly the opposite. Maybe it is not seen 'obviously' but in a hidden manner. And maybe it is present in my city. Maybe it differs from place to place. But definitely, it is present in varying levels. I think reservation is one thing which segregates people based on their castes in the first step itself. That is, by this system, we ourselves are differentiating ourselves. I am not saying reservation should be abolished totally, but it is should be based on merit and economic status of the people. This is another issue that is being debated upon for a long time now.




Casteism is sure a complex issue, like many. It can't be easily erased from the minds of people. I, some times, wish that things like caste, even religion, equality (men and women) and similar idealogies didn't exist in the mind of whole of Human race. If it were true, then there would be no problems in this world, like literally. There would be no terrorism, communal/ caste violence and even corruption. All will be well and ideal. It would be a utopian world. But the irony is that, we all know this through education; we read, we study, we think and still these problems occur and day by day, quite-the-opposite incidents/ clashes/ misunderstandings/ Fights are happening.

Ultimately, everyone in this world is going to die. So why  hate/ alienate/ hold grudges someone just because he/ she looks/ speaks/ dresses different or has a different ethnicity.  Love everyone!

Ofcourse if this happens, that will be an ideal world!


24 comments:

  1. nice 1...casteist forces should be held severely..public view towards scheduled caste ppl must change..

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    1. Thanks dude! yep, they must be flogged.

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  2. Well written. Casteist divide is one of the major factors tearing this country apart.
    By the way, I think this might interest you:

    http://brendanantondabhi.blogspot.in/2013/05/whats-my-caste-to-you.html

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    1. Thank you Brendan! I will surely look into it.

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  3. quite a thought provoking post.. very well written..

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  4. I wish the boundaries humans have created melt down to let the river of love flow incessantly.

    Silly Smiles... Take you Miles :)

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    1. Yeah, the day that happens it will be peace forever :)

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  5. Very well written!! Casteism is a complex thing, and sure is an ugly thing. Hope it gets erased out soon.

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    1. Thanks da! :) Highly unlikely that it will get erased...But let's hope for the best.

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  6. Wonderful post Akash ! This was one of the incidents that distressed me. We do learn a lot about Unity in diversity, but we fail to implement it in our day today life. I wish every individual should understand the true meaning of Love and Humanity which unites everyone. God's love is not just given for specified people. We expect God to bless everyone and why can't we accept everyone ? Eloquently written. An awakening post.

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    1. Thanks Sushmitha :)True that! We must accept our differences and love everyone.

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  7. Perception of everyone must change Akash, then things may change. Good post.

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    1. Yeah...Perceptions should change! Thanks Hari! :)

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  8. we people do extol stereotypes. without even knowing what does that insist to say. our perception on beauty,love,cast,money,pleasure,satisfaction,likes,dislikes as a whole " life " seems similar. we don't intend to think beyond normal.each have born independently and that precisely indicates that we have all such rights to decide things for us, depending oneself and not others. India attained ' freedom ' and yet ' indians ' struggling for it . nice write up :)

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  9. Ilavarsan's is a glaring example how innocent people is put on cross in the name of caste.

    Nice write.

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  10. I feel "caste" will be there in India in future, but the animosity and the differences will be reduced to zero level. To get into the zero level we are losing innocent lives.

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  11. Hello, the post is good, but I would like to say few words here,firstly I am not a supporter of casteism. There were some horrible incidents happened in the past because of the casteism. But in this case of Divya and Ilavarsan, it is not casteism but dirty politics has played. The events of inter caste marriage is not something new and something which is not tolerated in the district of Dharmapuri. Even there is a couple from the same communities of Divya-Ilavarasan is living happily in the same colony. And Divya's father did not commit suicide as his daughter ran away. He committed suicide only he was humiliated very badly by the boy's side. Check this link http://www.deccanchronicle.com/130712/news-current-affairs/article/dc-special-here-love-gets-fixed%E2%80%99?page=show. It will tell you the truth on the issue. Casteism must not be encouraged but Divya-Ilavarasan case is not an apt example.It is an example of how a misunderstanding between two families is turned out to be a clash of communities through the work of selfish politicians.

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  12. The problem is not with the divisions in the society. The problem is our ignorance of it. Most people do not know the original divisions in the society, rather what people call it caste. But i am sure that if one knows the reason behind the original division ( not the present one )and how it was divided?(based on skill & not birth ),I am sure that such problems will not take place...

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    1. Thanks for the comment, dude. The thing is we have to erase the present notion of caste and live in peace and happiness.

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