Maha Kavi Bharatiyar once sang “Jaadhigal illayadi paapa”. This meant that “There are no castes, listen oh little child”. He tried to make the next generation free of discrimination based on caste. His intention behind addressing it to a little child also meant that even a child can understand there is no discrimination, why cant we Indians understand this. He awakened a lot of people through his contemporary and path breaking ideas. However we still have this devil amongst us.
What is the solution, I ask. Oh Spirit of Bharati, tell me what the remedy is?
The Spirit of Bharati whispered in my ears
“Caste is very much present! Caste there in the pulse and nerves of all Indians. Caste gives them pride. Caste system is necessary. Caste System cannot be killed.”
I was surprised to hear this.
The Spirit of Bharati goes on and says,
“Listen to what I am saying carefully. Caste exists. All castes exist. They all exist in me. I am a Sudra, I am a Vysya, I am a Brahmin, I am a Kshatriya. All castes are me. I am all castes.”
I was slightly confused.
The Spirit of Bharati further explains,
“When I serve my fellow Indians, I am a Sudra!
When I make money for my family, I am a Vysya!
When I spread knowledge or chant the God’s name, I am a Brahmin!
When I defend the powerless I am a Kshatriya.”
And so said the Spirit of Bharati,
“I am all Indians, All Indians are me! I am all Castes, All castes are me!”