You start of by saying that in most parts of the country the caste of someone can be identified by their last name but then go on to say that laws should be put into place to make the revealing of someones class illegal. If last names are enough to identify someone how would that law make a difference. It the perceptions of people the would have to change and more specifically the perception people have of lower castes.
The reason one can identify the caste by the last name is because the caste has some value and that is why people remember the last name vs caste correlation. People make decisions on it. There are still people, allthough a minority, who cannot identify the caste by just the last name. But such people care about the caste and have prejudices against lower castes. The law will make caste irrelevant and will increase this minority of people who eventually will not worry about caste.
But I also understand abolishing caste is not that simple and straightforward.
You are right though that the perception of people needs to change.
In 2004 I was a consultant to a nanotechnology company in the US. The CEO (an american) asked me to identify the caste of one of the applicants from India. Well, for one, I dont know if would have been able to and also, it seemed unethical. This is just to show that India’s caste divide is getting wider attention than one would think.
Thats a great start. All great acts are tough to envision. The caste system is so much a part of our system that it will take decades but it can be abolished. Its such a sad state of affairs to see people divided on caste. There are only decent & indcent people thats it. All that matters is you are human or not. That you respect others situations & lives or not is the key.Not if ure of an upper caste or lower. India is such a bane on itself.
All it takes is selfless willful leadership & a group of similar followers to abolish the caste system & put everyone on an equal platform. Education is the fundamental force in making this happen.
I didn’t know companies in the US asked about caste! That is wierd. Did you ask the CEO why he wanted to find out the caste? Just Curiousity or he too had some prejudices?
Yes it will take decades to abolish the caste system. The important thing is to start talking about abolishing it. Even if the caste doesn’t get abolished, at least it should get neutralized.
It will take more than a few followers and a willing leader. It needs a mass movement. A revolution and that is what is going to happen sonner or later.
I think that the CEO mainly wanted to know whether the candidate was from the general category or someone who got into the university because of reservation. He had heard it seems that admissions in indian universities was a complicated matter depending on who you are. I assured him that once people are admitted, there is no way of knowing how they were admitted and so one has to take a chance.