Translated from the Headlines （Toutiao 头条新闻）
Author: Chengdu Anti-cult（成都反邪教）
Recently, Indian actor Chetan Kumar appeared in the news of Indian and Western media because he posted a Twitter post and was found three times by the Indian police.
What Kumar wrote is very simple:
“Brahmanism—along with capitalism and patriarchy—has infiltrated all aspects of today’s society.
In order to eliminate the evils of Brahmanism, we must oppose the existing social-economic-political-linguistic-regional power structure.
Social interests must be higher than personal interests. “
Brahmanism is the religion of ancient India, and now the state religion of India, Hinduism, was born out of it.
It worships the three main gods, takes the caste system as its core doctrine, and believes that it is born to do what its caste does.
Indians are divided into four major castes. The first class is Brahman, who is born as a priest and enjoys privileges;
The second-class Kshatriya, a believer in Brahmin, in charge of the army and politics,
The third-class Vaisha are ordinary people, engaged in business,
The fourth-class Sudras are conquered aboriginal peoples who work as servants or craftsmen for the people above them.
In addition to these four major castes, there is another caste in India called “Dalit”, also known as “Untouchable”. They are regarded as filthy people by people of higher castes, and they can only perform “unclean” work such as cleaning toilets and skinning animals, and they are not people who can be contacted.
At the bottom of Indian society, Dalit has a large population, accounting for 27% of India’s 1.3 billion population. Because of economic and educational level, they are not in the mainstream society and it is difficult to hear their voices.
Although Kumar is not a Dalit, he sympathizes with them.
Although in 1950, the Indian government made “caste discrimination” illegal, the real society still regards Dalits as inferior people, and Brahmins are born nobles.
To rescue the Dalits, it is necessary to break the Brahmanism, but Kumar did not expect that as soon as his post was published, he was complained by the Karnataka Brahmin Development Committee.
This committee is a government agency dedicated to upholding the privileges of Indians born in the Brahmin caste. They believe that there is no problem with Brahmanism, but instead, accuse Kumar of “harming religious beliefs” and “damaging national integration.”
After receiving the complaint from the committee, the police station interrogated Kumar for several hours and asked him why he did these things because Kumar admitted nothing wrong and had two case records.
On social media, Kumar received a large number of attacks, even death threats. Some militants demanded that he be expelled from the country. Don’t be an Indian if you are dissatisfied.
A labor minister condemned Kumar for trying to “strangle the thoughts of Bassawa and the Buddha”, which was a serious violation of the constitution, and demanded that the government increase punishment.
Kumar was not afraid. He sued the minister in the Bangalore civil court, demanding damages of Rs 1 and a public apology.
“We have a responsibility to oppose Brahmanism and all its inequalities,” Kumar said in a statement this Saturday. “In India, you are born with a caste, but you can choose what you support and oppose.”
Because of a tweet, it seems a bit unimaginable that things are going to be such a big deal.
But in India, Brahmanism and Dalits are very sensitive topics, and too many people struggle and die in social discrimination.
(Dalit protesters surrounded by police)
Although Dalits are no longer regarded as “untouchable people” on the surface, in many parts of India, Dalits will be beaten if they touch the belongings of people of other castes.
In 2020, a Dalit man in Karnataka was beaten with sticks and casters by 13 thugs for bumping into a scooter of a man of high caste.
Within half an hour, the number of perpetrators quickly increased to 50. Seeing that the young man was about to be beaten to death, his father begged people to stop. As a result, he and his daughter were also beaten and almost burned to death.
It is also not allowed for Dalits to fall in love with people of other castes.
In 2018, 25-year-old Pranay Kumar was hacked to death in broad daylight. His wife accused her father of hiring a killer to kill him because she was a high caste and her husband was a Dalit.
The father confessed to the crime and committed suicide during the trial. His funeral was broadcast live on the local TV station. People praised his “father’s love” and accused his daughter of being a cold and ruthless person.
Society’s hatred of Dalits spread from the real world to the Internet. Although there are not many Dalits with Internet access, people of high caste stare at them on the Internet every day, mocking, harassing, human flesh, and even murdering.
In September 2020, Dalit lawyer Devji Masheshwari was targeted by a group of caste system supporters for criticizing Brahmanism on social networking sites, and he was online violent for more than a month.
They found the lawyer’s address and followed him when he returned home on Friday, after which nine people rushed to stab him to death.
Such hatred has little to do with the level of education because caste discrimination can also occur in higher education institutions.
In 2013, Madari Venkatesh, a doctoral student at the Advanced Materials Research Center, committed suicide because he was not assigned to a supervisor to guide the research almost three years after he enrolled.
Madari Venkatesh is a Dalit and has been actively looking for teachers. Although there are 6 teachers in the School of Chemistry who can teach him, no one wants to come. They don’t want to have a Dalit student.
In 2014, Aniket Ambhore, a student of the Indian Institute of Technology, a top university, jumped to his death in the dormitory. One month before his death, he and his parents had been persuaded by school leaders to quit school and do other work.
(Indian Institute of Technology)
Dismissal is not uncommon, but most of the students dismissed by the Indian Institute of Technology are Dalits, not determined according to their grades. This makes Aniket Ambhore, who studies hard, feel desperate.
It is really common for Dalit students to drop out of school and commit suicide because of discrimination and exclusion.
As early as 2007, the Indian Central Government established an investigation committee to investigate the discrimination cases of the Medical Research Institute and found that half of Dalit students had been discriminated against.
(Students hold a protest)
This phenomenon has not improved at all. In 2017, a 27-year-old Dalit college student committed suicide. His friend also committed suicide a year ago. The reason was that his classmates and teachers ignored him.
Earlier this month, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology chose to resign because he was discriminated against by his colleagues.
Once as a Dalit, it seems that no matter how high the achievement is, what kind of glorious occupation he engages in, he can be discriminated against.
In 2019, A. Narayanaswmy, a member of the Legislative Council, a former minister, current parliamentarian and Dalit leader of Karnataka, was going to work in a village near Bangalore, but was rejected by the villagers and prevented him from entering. Because he is “not clean”.
This Thursday, A. Narayanaswmy had just become the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment of the Federal Government. He went to work in this village again but was stopped.
The villagers said that he should not be allowed to enter the village in any way, because the Dalits have not been allowed in for generations, and they will defile the temples in the village.
The caste system has been practiced in India for 3000 years, and it has been deeply rooted in the blood, and it is impossible to get rid of it even in another country.
After a computer scientist with the pseudonym, Maya came to the United States to work in 2002, she has been enduring discrimination from Indian immigrants for 18 years.
Most of the immigrants from India are Brahmins. They have established their own factions in the big companies in Silicon Valley. When they recruit employees, they hope to recruit high-caste Indians.
Because she was afraid of being refused work, Maya had to hide her identity and search for a job under a pseudonym. She had to beware of being discovered at all times.
Indians will not ask other people’s caste face-to-face, which is too discriminatory, but they will use many other means to confirm their identity.
For example, they will ask “Are you a vegetarian?” (Vegetarian Brahman). If the other person says yes, they will continue to ask whether they are naturally vegetarian or whether they choose to be a vegetarian and their parents do not.
Another way is for them to pretend to unknowingly pat each other’s back to see if the person is wearing Juno, which is the sacred white thread often worn in high castes in India.
To be more exaggerated, high-caste Indians will search each other’s social accounts, check his religious views and daily diet, and confirm whether he is “senior person”.
Last year, a Dalit man filed a lawsuit against Cisco and two of his colleagues, accusing them of caste discrimination.
After media reports, in just a few weeks, more than 250 Dalit employees from dozens of large Internet companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and Netflix accused their colleagues and superiors of caste discrimination, which attracted the attention of Silicon Valley.
Once they meet a Brahmin boss, Dalit employees will take longer to get promoted. Their opinions are often rejected and meetings are ignored.
“There is a strong social isolation between colleagues.” Maya said, “Once they know that you are a Dalit, they will not have lunch with you, will not smile at you, and will not have long conversations with you. If I With your real name, you can’t even get an interview.”
The situation is so bad, it’s not that the Dalits have never fought.
The Indian government has special laws to deal with people’s crimes against Dalits, but according to government data, less than half of the cases go to court, and the conviction rate is only 15%.
Although there are laws for deterrence, criminal activity against Dalits has grown extremely fast. In 2018, the Bureau of Criminal Records of India issued a report listing 42,793 hate crimes, which has increased by 66% in the past 10 years.
The protection is so weak that in 2018, the Supreme Court of India downplayed the Atrocities Act and introduced “safeguard measures” to protect the accused. The court even hinted that Dalits used hate crimes as weapons to engage in blackmail.
Soon, the Dalits announced a national strike. They blocked railways and highways and clashed with the police in multiple states.
This is Dalit’s first successful strike across the country. Although he did not get the support of any political party, it was enough to shock the Supreme Court. The court changed the law back in 2019.
This is not a small victory for the Dalits, and the People’s Party has responded quickly. They will fight for more Dalit votes in future elections.
Because of Cisco’s discrimination case, the California state government also initiated a lawsuit against Cisco. This is the first time the US government has sued for discrimination.
Twitter and Facebook have also recently added “prohibition of caste discrimination” to the anti-hate speech clause. If high-caste people insult Dalits, their posts can be deleted.
(Twitter CEO once held up anti-Brahmanism and anti-patriarchy signs)
The United Nations has also paid more attention to the issue of caste.
Recently, because a video ridiculing low-caste officials circulated on the Internet, Indian star Randeep Hooda’s UN ambassador for the protection of wild animals was revoked.
In the future, people who have a record of caste discrimination will also not be able to get positions in the United Nations.
Having been discriminated against for thousands of years, it is really difficult to change.
No one is born nobler than others, I hope more people know this… Source: those things in the UK