The debate over caste census is on and has heated up. Personally, speaking till couple of years back I was used to be proud in being a member of particular caste but later I felt its nothing but a false pride. For me it started making zero sense because my parents, family and people around me were saying that I belong to particular caste and I found no real base to it.
Also, it was more of like few people belong to some other caste and that’s why importance of me coming from some caste increases. Apart from this my parents decided and at the age of 8 I had to go through some ritual, of which I don’t remember anything and it hasn’t affected my life in any way. However, as a kid major impact was that I started taking unnecessary pride in coming from a particular caste. Another reason people gave in celebrating such rituals is that it gives them a chance to invite friends/family for get together but I guess get together can be arranged without involving religion/caste at least when ritual is related with children, who most of the times don’t understand a single bit of it.
Now, I get amazed considering how foolish I was that instead of taking pride in my achievements, creations, accomplishment I was used to feel proud of a thing, in which my contribution was zero. Its just that people surrounding me used to tell me and since ages all these people were also told by their forefathers that they come from a particular caste. Having said all this, unfortunately till today in administrative systems of largest democracy in the world caste of a citizen is required for maintaining records. I guess another reason for people for taking pride in their caste.
Sadly, this doesn’t end here. People take pride in their caste, then in their regional identity and above all comes the mighty thing called “religion”. Some more energy is wasted in cursing/bashing people from other communities/castes/regions/religions and then suddenly, you go outside of India and you become Asian. 🙂 At this point most of the people feel proud being an Indian. Till that time being an Indian is never on agenda.