History of India’s Apartheid caste system
“India today ruled by caste, not constitution”, by Joe Fernandez in Malaysiakini
The word ‘India’ is an anglicized term from the Greek word ‘ind’ which is taken from the word ‘Indus’ which is one of the longest rivers in the Indian subcontinent. The Indus originates in the Himalayas, flows through Kashmir in India and West Punjab and Sindh which are now in Pakistan.
The word ‘Hindu’ originates from the words ‘Sind’ and ‘Sindhu’ which later became ‘Hind’ and ‘Hindu’. The Chinese refer to Indians as ‘Hinua’ and the Americans used to refer to Indians as Hindus. Hindustan simply means the Hindu state but Muslims in India since independence have a dislike for the term ‘Hindustan’. The Moguls used to refer to India as Hindustan even when they were ruling India.
Today, in the constitution of what is left of India, the country is known as India in English and Bharat in Sanskrit and other Indian languages.
‘Indian’ is not a race but a nationality just like Malaysian, American, British etc.
There is a tendency to refer to all Indians, no matter what their religious persuasions, as Hindus. I would have had no problems with that except for the fact that Hinduism is linked with the centuries-old criminally exploitative evil caste system which is based on nothing more than a pack of lies combined with the excuse that there needs to be a division of labour, indeed of the permanent kind.
Hence, a night-soil carrier’s son would always be a night-soil carrier because he was supposedly a sinner in his previous life. If he behaved himself in this life, he would be born into a higher caste in the next life. Such lies to ensure the continued ‘moron-ification’ of the masses. The whole idea was to ensure social order.
The caste system is a vicious system in North India and even in Pakistan and Bangladesh where they have the four-fold caste system and outside this caste system, they have the outcastes comprising landless peasantry ie, the untouchables, ‘un-lookables’ and ‘un-approachables’. The outcastes in North India and elsewhere are today known as ‘Harijans’ or the Children of God, a term coined by Mahatma Gandhi. They sometimes prefer the term ‘Dalits’. Hence, the militant Dalit Panthers.
The origins of the caste system
The origins of the caste system lie in the Dravidian-Aryan divide. The whole foundation of the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan and Iran is Dravidian. Superimposed on this was the Aryan invasion of Iran and India and the caste system followed to distinguish between the invaders and the conquered, between the landlords and the landless and the mixtures that followed.
The Aryans are part of the third and final wave of human migration out of East Africa.
They branched out from Central Asia to Europe, Iran, India and the final branch entered America and became the natives there. Only three families entered Europe and all Europeans are descended from these three families. Naturally, there would have been a lot of in-breeding which eventually resulted in albino-ism. A rise in numbers later and the advent of Christianity and surnames helped weed out in-breeding.
The Dravidians were part of the second wave of human migration out of East Africa.
They stopped over in Greece and later branched out into Afghanistan to India and China. The branch that entered China again split with one going south and the other going north.
The Negritos were part of the first wave of human migration out of East Africa.
Unless India and Hinduism can get away from the caste-system, the country will not have pride of place in the international community.
The caste system is even more evil than Nazism and apartheid. Although the Brahmins form only four percent of the population of India, they hold 70 percent of the seats in the Indian Parliament.
Japan and China, too, have taken the caste system from India. The communists, however, did a good job in destroying the caste system. In Japan, the Burakumin continue to suffer discrimination under the caste system.
The Malays switched from Hinduism to Islam when India fell under Muslim rule because they were unhappy with the caste system.
In the Indian subcontinent, the pagans and the lower castes of Hindus have become Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims and Christians to escape the caste system. Still, many of them remember their former castes.
India today is not ruled by the constitution but the caste system.
Indians can be incredibly stupid when it comes to such things despite being_
second only to America in software engineering
and in the medical sciences
and boasting about having the world’s third largest pool of scientific and technological manpower.
In Malaysia, IPF’s MG Pandithan represents the Tamil outcastes. That’s why he was thrown out of the MIC by the caste-centric Tamils. Is this something that Umno knows? No. The caste-centric Tamils not only throw out the outcaste Tamils but also other Indians like the Malayalees etc. K Pathmanaban, a Malayalee, was put into MIC by Tun Abdul Razak but eventually, he was thrown out by the Tamils.
JOE FERNANDEZ @ FERNZ is an educationist and former newspaper editor and ex-civil servant who feels compelled to put pen to paper when something doesn’t quite jell with his weltanschauung (worldview).