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Friday, June 29, 2018

Caste System in India is a bane on human rights, even the president is not spared

I have welcomed all religious groups in America to move towards the center, to reflect the universal values enshrined in their respective religions. The problem is never with religion, but those individuals who want to control their religions and of course God. 

I laud the Hindu Organizations in the United States, particularly those who are fighting to portray the egalitarian aspect of Hinduism to take up the fight with their mother organization in India; RSS, which is deeply entrenched in hatred for the other. Indeed, their survival is based on hatred for Christians, Muslims, and Dalits. Many of them have carried that hatred even to the United States.  They want all the benefits of equality this society offers but want to deny the same to Indians in India. 

Caste System is a bane on humanity.

Several Years ago, a Kannada film actress from a lower caste visited a Hindu Temple in Kerala - the world was going to come apart. They washed the Temple 7 times to clean it from her presence.

Now, the President of India, a Dalit, so-called untouchable, visited a Temple, he was hassled there. Not sure if they washed the temple 7 times.

As a kid, in my little town, when water lines were laid,  they placed a water tap at the corner of every street, a public tap for people to come and collect the water. Before that people drew the water from the wells.

I have written extensively about this, the "untouchables" had another line, and for every two people in the general line, one Dalit was allowed to collect the water. If the upper caste man's turn came after Dalits - there was a fricking show - washing the tap, and the whole area before the asshole collected the water. 

It was humiliating to the Dalits - and these guys did not have any conscience or sense of justice. 
I have fought against that, to have one each, but could not get all to stand in the same line. 

My focus is US and India, I care about other countries, but care more about these two. 

Mike Ghouse

President of India, his wife were 'misbehaved' during their visit to Puri Jagannath Temple


President Kovind at Jagannath Temple

New Delhi: In a shocking portrayal of how deep-rooted discrimination in India is based on someone's caste, President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind were misbehaved and harassed during their visit to Jagannath Temple in Odisha on March 18.

As reported by The Times of India some servitors had obstructed the path of the President near the shrine’s sanctum sanctorum. The incident came to light after Puri district administration initiated an investigation into the incident three months after it took place.

The newspaper in its report said a group of servitors blocked the President’s path near the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine on March 18 and shoved the First Lady.

Rashtrapati Bhavan had on March 19 sent a strong note of protest against the servitors’ conduct to Puri collector Aravind Agarwal, following which a meeting was held by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) the next day.

On March 18, the temple was kept out of bounds for devotees from 6.35am to 8.40am to ensure smooth darshan for the dignitaries. A handful of servitors and government officers were allowed to accompany Kovind and his wife inside the temple, the report stated.

As per Pragativadi, a local daily, when President Kovind walked towards Ratna Singhasana in Puri Jagannath temple, a Khuntia Mekap servitor reportedly did not give the President proper space. The report added that some servitors ‘nudged’ the couple while they were having darshan.

The incident was confirmed by SJTA chief administrator, IAS officer Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra. Mohapatra, however, refused to elaborate further. “We discussed the matter at a meeting of the temple managing committee a few days ago. It is being investigated,” he said.
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