Falsified interpretation of Caste economics

25Jun07

Caste is integral to Hindu social life and so is integral to equitable economic wellbeing. Indian premature economist’s very erroneously seen impact of caste virus on Indian macro and micro economy. They have always denied such link. First there is literally handful of articles in this area even if they are there; they are sort of concocted versions.  This way caste virus works in academics too.

Indian scholarship is in the clutches of prejudiced mentality which is devoid of true vigor when it comes to caste matters. On the contrary, half hearted attempt made to understand and depict the caste dynamics invite cheap prestige to scholar but risks the standards of academic institutions like LBS or JNU or international newspaper. More dangerously, in the race to earn name and fame such cheap scholarly efforts loose sight of  championing human cause in the land of untouched India, given everyday reality  that caste virus poisons social life taking away liberty ,equality and fraternity. Preponderated hypothesis results are tested in laboratory conditions isolated from reality considering social phenomenon as objective science. Scholars after fame often attempt to see phenomenon in isolation. India caste Scholars have eventually divorced social life from economics to fit in their judgments.

Caste system is backbone of Hindu society; it is system of perfectly graded inequality that contributes to graded economic status. The Most suffers are ‘untouchables’ because unlike other groups they don’t have authority  over this or that asset in order to earn livelihood. As name suggest they are thrown on the pity of other caste for their livelihood. Therefore economics in India particularly is close function of social system; the lack of root level social democracy does not make into economic wellbeing and effective political democracy. Only ladder of empowerment for such communities is affirmative action by state which is derived from Indian constitution.
The working of Indian affirmative policy is always seen with suspicion by the almost all Upper caste Scholars. We have live-case of  Mrs. Choudhary who writes an article in The Japan Times. She contests without sound data and with unhealthy hypotheses that Caste has no impact on economic depravity of lower castes specially untouchables. Primary wrongful thing of such studies is that in India the caste data is no concrete and unstructured.  Govt of India shied away from collecting prudent village level data on caste and their economic status since decades. Secondly, almost majority of Authorities coming from upper caste cocoons failed to collect data with neutral mindset. Almost entire Dalit village was excluded from census 2001 is still a shocking case in Maharastra; a so called progressive state in India. If integrity is scares in Census caste data what to think of NACER economic caste related data.

Mrs Chaudhary dares less to highlight the hard facts of Indian life than to sensitise audience with disguised ways of interpretation of affirmative action. She talks about some untouchable caste in Tamilnadu that enjoys more economic strength than their caste Hindu counterpart. Out of more than 6500 caste groups in India author quotes single caste in Tamilnadu to suit her caustic argument that deprivation is not confided in caste. How idiotic it is for a scholar of LBS to put this way by merely citing a single case without attempting analysis of  larger picture.  Its true that post independence thru education, thru hard-work and thru leaving behind Hindu fold few untouchable castes have gained some strength on their own in socio-economic-political sphere. But that has little helped to build confidence in overall mindset of outcaste  and build economic life of some sections. There is sincere need to have caste-wise economic census . Such attempt has been defused by scholars like Chaudhary themselves in past. Why were they silent till today? Why are they not making representations to Goverment for such data collection excercise than to write in international circuit? It was only non-caste British Govt which took out census in early nineties which still runs in research schemes.

Till that time International media has to rely on very usual shallowness of caste mind scholars like Pradipta Chaudhary. 
 



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