Now, this is HOW the pledge should be: “India is my [hobbesian] nation. All Indians are my chaavas and items. I treat everyone with insanity and untouchability”. LOL. I hope, here, I am brutally offensive? (Do read: “Offended?“) Albeit majoritarians and “educated” bhakts vehemently clamor “modern” India, in this 21st century, but a survey conducted in over 42,000 households across India by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and the University of Maryland, US, revealed that “untouchability is the most widespread” among Brahmins, Rajputs and Jains followed by OBCs.
Surveyors asked respondents, “Does anyone in your family practise untouchability?” and, in case the answer was “No”, asked a second question: “Would it be okay for a Scheduled Caste person to enter your kitchen or use your utensils?” Across India, 27 per cent respondents agreed that they did practised untouchability in some form. The practice was most prevalent among Brahmin respondents (52 per cent). 24 per cent of non-Brahmin forward caste respondents admitted to it — lower, interestingly, than OBC respondents, 33 per cent of whom confirmed its prevalence in their homes. 15 per cent of Scheduled Caste and 22 per cent of Scheduled Tribe respondents admitted to the practice. Broken up by religious groups, data from the survey shows almost every third Hindu (30 per cent) admitted to the practice, followed by Sikhs (23 per cent), Muslims (18 per cent) and Christians (5 per cent).
Jains topped the list, with 35 per cent respondents accepting that they practised untouchability. If the extent of untouchability still being practised appears shocking, then it is a reflection on the way in which complacent assumptions hold sway over public discourse, dominated by urban, educated and mostly upper-caste Indians who prefer to imagine caste has faded away. Since the survey has been conducted by two institutions with high reputation, the published summary findings should form the basis for asking, with some urgency, why Indian society has made such poor progress in the six decades since independence. The first point to note is that passing laws to ban an abhorrent social practice is taking merely the first step in a long journey that has to have at its forefront social leaders. Most will agree that enlightened social leaders are fewer today than in the run-up to independence. There, in itself, lies the partial answer to why so little progress has been made in the years since. Secondly, Indian statism is constitutionally scorning and abhorring people’s [natural] right to secede. Right to secede is a salient step to fight against mainstream/conventional social evils. Undermining expropriation can lead to pure regards for private property, thus, enabling the affected ones to praxeologically determine their actions.