All major newspapers, for example, have a special “Matrimonial Section”. This section is divided under caste, religion etc. Here are some samples of advertisements (edited for privacy of the advertiser) in the venerable Times of India:

Brahmin (heading)

  • High status …based business family…girl, slim beautiful fair earns INRS…. lacs per year.
  • Brahmin boy… seeks qualified beautiful girl.
  • …based Hindu family seeks qualified tall fair pretty girl…
  • …for …girl issueless divorcee tall fair and beautiful…

Cosmopolitian (new caste? Show me the money?)

  • For sincere handsome teetotaler…caste no bar.

The list is endless…

In most, if not all national dailies, casteism appears to be the ‘preferred’ modus operandi for matrimonials. You will observe from the adverts that those seeking partners are all tall, fair and educated (fair being the operative word here). Could it be that a new caste is emerging from this reprehensible system – the arrogant Indian Middle Class with their Lego homes, flashy cars and abhorrence for anything rural?

The lower caste –  Harijans (untouchables) are converting to Islam and in some cases Christianity; But even within these religions there are divides of haves and have nots. Review of the seating at religious functions will explain this.

And there are also the Dalits who are basically Buddhists (?).

The segregation airtight. The monetary gains of converting often comes to light and quickly but with much fanfare the hapless lower castes are hustled to convert back to Hinduism with money and other non-essential goodies like cooking utensils and cheap clothing.

India continues to promote itself as Incredible India. Yes, the tagline suits our repressive and racist caste system. Consider this, even the Indian National Media appears to be supporting the system. Promoting the system to even newer heights of segregation of castes all for a quick buck. You know in these trying times nothing is free!

Our politicians play the caste card at all elections. And the gullible public (the fringe folk) are paid money to vote for such and such party. The Election Commission of India has worked tirelessly to weed out this culture…

A highly respected national television station, in the run up to any election, broadcasts live coverage of politicians eating and living with the untouchables. The politicians want desperately to show the nation that there are no caste barriers; and they do this because these poor wretched people are an important vote bank.

And the Indian national media plays along promoting casteism and earning a quick buck. This is shameful.

I leave you with these words from India’s Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high 
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments 
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way 
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee 
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om