Forgotten children of Islam and Christianity
February 28, 2011 19 Comments
This post is a follow up post for my previous post India land of diversities and hypocrisies which evoked some responses I would like to reply to. I have used the various sites for research in my article and some segments of my text have been sourced from them. Names of all of them are present in the reference section. I have taken care to only take neutral or Muslim resources as reference so that my Muslims brothers don’t accuse me of using one sided data.
It is known fact that caste/birth based inequalities do exist in Hinduism. Government has provided caste based reservations to uplift their status. Recently there have been demands from Christian and Muslim Dalits to be included in the SC/ST/OBC categories citing they also faced some discrimination and economic inequalities like the Hindu Dalits. I don’t disagree with them since almost all of them are Hindus which converted to Islam or Christianity because of their personal reasons. Though one of them was probably that they were promised freedom from those inequalities but I don’t get into that now. They converted, their decision.
What pushed me to write this piece were comments by a Muslim reader, denying all of this and condemning Hinduism for having caste inequalities. I have problem with any discrimination in any religion in any part of world because of BIRTH. I am a Hindu and I accept that there were injustice done to some people in past. These people need be brought into mainstream. Though I don’t agree with the methods being adopted, but that is a separate issue.
I remember a quote by a Muslim speaker which I suddenly find even more true – ” Those following 340 million gods are divided amongst themselves( reference to Hindus), but why are we Muslims still divided when we all follow only 1 God”.
The irony as I see is as follows -
My friend Amir was totally correct in saying that there is no concept of CASTE in ISLAM. I can’t agree more. But hey ! why are then the Muslims in India asking caste based reservation ???
If they are Muslims , then they can’t be dalits because as per Quran, there is no concept of Dalit.
As I see the issue is that , Muslims have to realize that under these circumstances we need to see the context. They have to accept that they also have BIRTH/ CASTE based inequalities instead of constantly denying them and any attempts at talking about them as ATTACK ON ISLAM.
Brother it is our so called Muslim and Christian Dalits who have said on record [ see references] that their politicians and rich don’t care for them and have led to this state of theirs. They want the Constitutional Order of 1950 Para 3, which says Muslims can’t be SC repealed.
Quran and Bible say there are no caste in Muslims/Christians, Rich and upper caste Muslims and Christians [ since there are lower castes, so logically others are upper otherwise there is no lower] say there is no caste based inequality, Lower castes/Dalits in Islam and Christianity say there are caste based inequalities.
The evangelists of both religions promised the MOON to the followers but failed to keep up their promises. So I hope that they realize this and since none of the scripture can be amended to included the caste concept [ I personally don't agree with the concept too] , they accept the reality to fix the rot. Hindus have learnt it the hard way to accept that there are some practices from past which must not continue in FUTURE. Sati is one example. Hope they learn by experience and help those lower castes and stop shunning away from realities.
I reiterate, I don’t support any caste based reservation for followers of any religion. I wish the Muslims and Christian leaders came forward to help those who need them rather than becoming PUPPETS in the hands of vote bank politicians.
PS: Also repealing the above mentioned section of constitution is not a SOLUTION as it will trigger demands of an uncomfortable UNIFORM CIVIL CODE being brought which All India Muslim Personal Law Board so despises. It is simple logic if you want same rights for Muslim Dalits then there must be same laws for Muslims. It can’t work this way you get same rights and different laws. The solution has to come from inside the community , rather than constitutional amendments.