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Friday, September 18, 2009

Cast out Caste

Let me recall the punchline of Popeye the Sailorman : “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!” . Cast out caste from our social system, it is killing talent based on the merit. The paragraphs given below are the the reproduction of a part of the interview of N. Murthy , Infosys Founder.

" The Indian society is a society of ideas. It is a society that has revered talk. In this society, articulation is mistaken for accomplishment. We are quite satisfied with our voice, with our writings. This is not a society that is focused on execution.

Frankly, the problem is due to our caste system and the dominance of Brahmins in our society for long period. The Brahminical system said my job is to think of the higher worlds. My job is to think of connecting you people with God. I don't want to do anything that has a relationship with the real world.

Now that is a problem that has played havoc with the Indian culture. So, here in this culture, if you do anything with your hands, it is considered less honourable that anything to do with your brain. Here everybody wants to be an engineer, nobody wants to be a technician. So when a society does not value implementation, execution, what happens is you create more and more reports and nothing gets done. "

We are not a nation of doers; we are a nation which believes that our articulation is our accomplishment.

I have put the view of N Murthy here for the gentle support of Anoop who put it eloquently as: Indian academicians and intellectuals are not ‘lazy’ but highly incompetent as they are the product of a society where merit is at premium. A caste-ridden society, where the caste interest and caste-pride take precedence over everything, can never produce genuine/objective scholars and academicians. Then, Anoop puts his emphasis on the fact --- Why have the Brahmins not produced a Voltaire? . Don't worry about my bashing to priestly clan of Hinduism, here comes Interview of Prabhas Joshi with his really valid points to give thoughts of other side of coin.


  1. Really getting an Idea is simple, but it's implementation or execution is too difficult...
    Just like publishing research paper is easy but to do something which could be practically implemented is not too simple.....
    Thanks for the links.... :)

  2. Amit, Thanks for comment. You are true with the valid points. It is not simple otherwise everybody would have been doing that.

    Just talk to people and knock their faith of caste supremacy over another is one of the way. People become spiritual for few hours of show of Aastha or Sanskaar TV, then they retreat into old mentality. Don't debate with the liberals of your family, friends or society, just hit the most orthodox man/ woman with your consistent pursue to change her mindset. Its not the best way as relation becomes sour.But, if you think you are right, then go for it.



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