DEMOCRACY AND HINDU SOCIAL SYSTEM

An excerpt from BAWS, Vol.4 There are various forms of Government known to history—Monarchy, Aristocracy and Democracy to which may be added Dictatorship. The most prevalent form of Government at the present time is Democracy. There is however no unanimity as to what constitutes Democracy. When one examines the question one finds that there are … Continue reading DEMOCRACY AND HINDU SOCIAL SYSTEM

WITH THE HINDUS

[Reproduced from the handwritten Ms—ed] It is impossible to believe that Hindus will ever be able to absorb the Untouchables in their society. Their Caste System and the Religion completely negative any hope being entertained in this behalf. Yet there are incorrigible optimists more among the Hindus than among the Untouchables, who believe in the … Continue reading WITH THE HINDUS

THE HIGHER CASTES HAVE CONSPIRED TO KEEP THE LOWER CASTES DOWN

[1:] Not only has the Hindu made no effort for the humanitarian cause of civilizing the savages, but the higher-caste Hindus have deliberately prevented the lower castes who are within the pale of Hinduism from rising to the cultural level of the higher castes. I will give two instances, one of the Sonars and the … Continue reading THE HIGHER CASTES HAVE CONSPIRED TO KEEP THE LOWER CASTES DOWN

[8] Caste prevents the uplift and incorporation of the aboriginal tribes

[1:] The recent [constitutional] discussion about the excluded and partially included areas has served to draw attention to the position of what are called the aboriginal tribes in India. They number about 13 millions, if not more. Apart from the question of whether their exclusion from the new Constitution is proper or improper, the fact still … Continue reading [8] Caste prevents the uplift and incorporation of the aboriginal tribes

[7] The worst feature of the Caste System is an anti-social spirit

[1:] The Hindus often complain of the isolation and exclusiveness of a gang or a clique and blame them for anti-social spirit. But they conveniently forget that this anti-social spirit is the worst feature of their own Caste System. One caste enjoys singing a hymn of hate against another caste as much as the Germans enjoyed singing … Continue reading [7] The worst feature of the Caste System is an anti-social spirit

[6] Caste prevents Hindus from forming a real society or nation

[1:] Caste does not result in economic efficiency. Caste cannot improve, and has not improved, the race. Caste has however done one thing. It has completely disorganized and demoralized the Hindus. [2:] The first and foremost thing that must be recognized is thatHindu Society is a myth. The name Hindu is itself a foreign name. … Continue reading [6] Caste prevents Hindus from forming a real society or nation

[4] Caste is not just a division of labour, it is a division of labourers

[1:] It is a pity that Caste even today has its defenders. The defences are many. It is defended on the ground that the Caste System is but another name for division of labour; and if division of labour is a necessary feature of every civilized society, then it is argued that there is nothing wrong … Continue reading [4] Caste is not just a division of labour, it is a division of labourers