The Role Of Untouchables, By Mahatma Ghandi

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Untouchables revolves around the circumstances and accounts of happenings within a single day experienced by Bakha, an untouchable or an outcast in the Indian society’s caste system. The eighteen year old Bakha is a sweeper boy who has a very strong desire to learn, yet he faces the harsh reality of being treated lowly and inhumanely by the high caste Hindus. He struggles with the realization of society’s wickedness where untouchables are seen as impure, polluted or corrupt. Eventually, he discovers great impact on the new influences of Christianity, Mahatma Ghandi’s standpoint on ‘Untouchability’, and the poet’s machine to be solutions to his problems. Characterization of Bakha Bakha portrays and reveals the “deep - rooted social malice in India”…show more content…
I polluted the child... I only get abuse and derision wherever I go. Pollution, pollution, I do nothing else but pollute people.” (Anand, 1935, p.107). Similarly, caste system can be likened to that of racial discrimination. In fact, during the early Vedic society, it was color of the skin that mattered (Hinduwebsite, n.d., para 21). “He had been told they were sahibs, superior people.”(Anand, 1935, p.3) refers to the Tommies or english men whom Bakha looks up to, while those of the lowest caste were referred to as “black Untouchables” (p.112). The caste system’s preferential treatment is the same with that of Apartheid in South Africa and the colonialism of Spaniards in the Philippines. “Race, then, as a basis for social rank is always a socially defined phenomenon which at most only very imperfectly corresponds to genetically transmitted traits and then, of course, only to phenotypes rather than genotypes” (Berreman, 1972, p.390). That is to say, people are regarded and treated as alike or different because of the group they belong to or in terms of the social ancestry they are

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