15/06/09

the rigid flexibility of caste

"Earlier, people were changing their religion but now people are changing their castes also", said a vacation bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Deepak Verma. [italics mine]
note what the judges said: now people are changing their castes also. what does the headline say? SC surprised at people changing castes frequently.

judges find people, not a person or two, can change caste. progressive reporter notes, without surprise, people change caste frequently. what the judges or reporter didn't say explicitly: we always knew people from the lower castes were great whiners.

elsewhere, a story on some rigid dalit believers in caste who would rather change their religion than their caste, frequently.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Inter Caste conversion - good novel idea.

Anonymous said...

http://webcast.berkeley.edu/events.php?group=FDRI+%2F+Berkeley+Seminar+Series+on+Indian+Democracy

kuffir said...

anon,

the link doesn't work.

apocryphal said...

I have noticed a series of funny rullings and/or statements by judge Katju lately. He wrote an incredibly ignorant article on caste in The Hindu too.

kuffir said...

anon,

thanks, i have it. you were referring to the event 'justice and the law, i guess.

prabin,

yes, thanks for the pointer. i faintly remember having read parts of the articles you refer to..yes, he's.. funny.

Anonymous said...

referring to the Berkeley Seminar Series on Indian Democracy .

 
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