Girish Karnad in his Tala- Danda settles the plan for the marriage which is to be ceremonized between to son of a tanner (untouchable) and the daughter of a Brahmin under the guidance and protection of an archetypal figure-Basavanna who is also the votary of sharana movement. He remarks about the poison of casteism and untouchability. Some day this entire edifice of caste and creed, this poison –house of Varnasharma will come tumbling down. Every person will see himself only as a human being. That is invevitable. But we have a long way to go. You know the most terrible crimes have been Justified in the name of Sanatan religion. Since the city of Kalyana is ruled by a Kalachuri king, Bijjala, who is himself a devout follower of sharana religion, Basavana occupies a key post of the treasurer in the administration. Apart form the qualities of statesmanship, Basavanna stands as a staunch devotee who introduces a new faith, the Anubhava Mantapam a spiritual parliament, which stressed openly on the attributes and the specific characteristics of lingayatism for the worship of Lord Shiva. With his reformist enthusiasm and as a humanitarian saint, he believes in the equality of all human beings irrespective of caste, creed religion and gender; but he becomes a controversial figure before the traditionalists when he bears the moral weight of the marriage between Kalavatim a Brahmin;s daughter and Sheelvanta, a cobbler’s son. The complete structural plan and the textual
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The Caste system has aroused much controversy than any other feature of India’s society. Every day, Dalits are butchered, assaulted, abused, raped, lynched, shot or openly mutilated without considering any consequences of the offenders. The deaths of pregnant women who are not able to pay the bribes at government hospitals, some boys with eyes raised completely out for falling in love with a girl of a superior caste, and horrid stories of employees boiled to death because of spewing out arguments with the boss are continuously reported in mainstream newspapers. After years of democracy, the social structure stands to practice the caste system disregarding abolishment laws. Every international or national effort to abolish caste differentiation and segregation has been proven ineffective. The caste system of India is a deeply inculcated social problem requiring immense commitment domestically and internationally in understanding what has stopped the measures to get rid of this ancient system and what measures are needed to complete elimination of the system.
The caste system has been extremely stable in India for over two thousand years. It is only since the more modern, independent state of India was formed that the system has come under any scrutiny at all. It is presently outlawed, but many of the practices, attitudes and traditions remain ingrained in Hindu society (University of Wyoming, 1997).
Growing up in a south asian family comes with many restrictions. Society has a big role in what families should and should not do. Especially in marriage. Sripathi is raised in a community where having the same cast, background and family traditions is important when choosing a life partner. Marrying outside of these terms is considered a sin to him. “...His eyes fell on a photograph of Maya, with her foreign husband
– Talavera is not necessarily a physical object, it is more of a unique artwork that can vary by each family. Talavera is very complex artwork that takes a lot of dedication and time to make and paint. It all begins with recollecting clay that is found in this area which limits where talavera can be produced, and because talavera is not an actual physical object you are not limited on what you can create. Typically, most objects that are produced and then decorated are mugs and plates. But if you were to travel and see the city of Puebla you can see building that are decorated in talavera artwork, which gives it a unique implementation that cannot be seen anywhere else. This art is not only unique, it also give the artist a form of identification
Firstly, the caste system reflects the inequality of Indian society. Although religion in India is characterized by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices, majority of Indian population follow Hinduism. Therefore, the dominance of Hinduism beliefs is common in India. There is a belief in caste system, as Brood said, “a system of hierarchical social organization”1. Hindu society is divided into four main classes; the priestly class, the warrior and administrator class, the producer class who is farmers and merchants and the servant class. The remaining group of people who is “outcastes” is called “untouchables” or dalit. Brodd recognizes “dalits continue to suffer terrible oppression, especially in rural communities in India”. I still could not imagine how terrible this bottom class suffers until reading Max Bearak article. All sufferings of Rohith Vemula, from the hardships of growing up poor, interactions with society in caste to scholarship revoke and suicide, happened tragically because he was born in a dalit family. This is the
Couple executed by their own parents... for daring to fall in love. This case shows that both society and families are our own undoing. Our families have such high expectations and we fear them out of respect. Like two young sweethearts Vidhal and Sonu secret love, led to the barbaric murdered by their own kin. I say that this is heartbreaking to hear that family's that are willing to end their children's lives instead of facing humiliation. But humiliation to what cost. "The girl’s parents decided that the best way out of the situation was to kill their daughter". They were embarrassed because they were of a lower caste, so they decided the only way to rid them of that embarrassment was to kill their daughter. Society has also set up the caste system and it shows that richer or better people are at the top while less people are on the
Another idea to demonstrate Hinduisms respect for the caste system, are their arranged marriages. Women don’t rank highly in the caste system. They are tolerated in order to produce a male heir. Treatment of the women is not a high priority. This can be exemplified by Das’s treatment of his wife. Das fell in love at first sight with the beautiful Pravati. He bargained with her father and came to an arrangement. Das married Pravati in exchange for helping his father-in-law with tasks around the farm. This included taking care of millet farms and rice patties. Once Das married Pravati, he kept
The voluntary practice of Sati, meaning “good women”, was originally linked to Hinduism in 908 CE. Although Sati was not required, about a hundred women a year practiced this custom. Women who burned themselves to death on their husband’s funeral pyres were seen as brave. Furthermore, Sati was said to bring redemption to the dead husband even end the cycle of death and rebirth for the families. Sati represented the traditional repression of women in Hindu India as well as the difficult lives and decisions widows had to face. Although the sacrifice of widows was at its height in the 6th century, it continued through the 14th century and was only abolished in the mid 1800’s (Sati). The caste system in India was the source for societal divides that dominated India. The caste system developed along with Hinduism and it controls everything from who can marry who, what work Indians can do and
In the book, Arranged Marriage, by Chitra Divakaruni there are multiple stories that demonstrate arranged marriages from within the Indian culture. In some cases, arranged marriages work out better than others. However, in the short stories in her book, most don’t work out positively. In the short stories, “The Bats” and “The Disappearance”, the arranged marriages don’t work out. Chitra Divakaruni’s viewpoint on arranged marriages is clearly negative, due to violence, and the effect on children.
In The Scarlet Letter, the meaning of Hester’s “A” is inescapable. The “A” initially symbolizes adultery, but later on, many people came to believe that it meant “able” or “angel”. Hester Prynne, a character from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, was made as a public example and was forced to wear the red letter “A” as punishment for committing adultery. However from todays standards, adultery is viewed in an entirely different perspective.
What are the four major castes? What implications does the caste system have for everyday life? How does the caste system relate to Hindu ideas of spiritual life? “The four major castes of Hindu society are; seers ( brahmins ), administrators ( kshatriyas ), artisans or farmers ( vaishyas ), and followers or servants ( shudras)”( Smith 56). Smith writes, religious leaders, teachers, artists, and philosophers are members of the first caste, brahmins, khatriyas, the second caste, first known as warriors are now managers. The tillers of the land, the makers of bricks, and the builders are part of the third caste, vaishyas. The fourth caste is made up of servants, those who will take care of the other castes’ needs (56)”. While I was working in India, summer of 2001 and there at the invitation of the richest family in India and staying at one of their compounds, some of my co-workers and I were playing snooker. A young boy walked into the room where we were playing. He stopped and talked to us for a few minutes before continuing to bed. Accompanied by a man of about twenty years old, the boy’s shudra, who had been the boy’s personal servant for ten or more years. The shudra’s purpose was to protect and serve his charge’s every need. Although there is inequality between castes, Smith denotes.“ within each caste, there is equality, opportunity, and social insurance ( 57)”. Although the text
The caste system is a form of differentiation wherein constituent units of a system justify endogamy based on assumed biological differences which are semaphored by ritualization of multiple social practices. The idea of purity and pollution has had a very serious impact in the Indian society and the fates of people have been decided on this very notion almost forever now. B.R Ambedkar, the father of our constitution, in his book The Annihilation of Caste has made several strong points on why India as a country should abolish the caste system. When one comes to think of it, each and everything he has mention in that book needs to be given a very serious thought, for a country like India to develop and move forward.
India is well known for its unjust social system, also known as the caste (jati) system. It is a social hierarchy that designates the people into different ranks based on a variety of aspects including social rank. Essentially, there are thousands of jatis, each with its own rules and customs. This system is said to have come about based on the Hindu god Brahma 's divine manifestation. Priests and teachers (Brahmans) were cast from his mouth, rulers and warriors (Kshatriyas) from his arms, merchants and traders (Vaishyas) from his thighs, and workers and peasants (Shudras) from his feet. The Untouchables were those who were considered impure based on the jobs they perform and are excluded and isolated from the rest of society. The book