How often do we see people discriminating each other on the basis of their gender, caste, ethnicity, linguistics or even color?
Discrimination happens in various forms. Some people might use verbal abuse, while few of them make jokes and utter negative comments about any community and sometimes, it is practiced by bullying or even intimating others because of their race. All of this can be categorized to the widely popular term, Racism. Although, as per the Google index report, the term Racism was rarely in use before 1950s, this shows how people got divided among themselves and started grouping with a tag of language, region, caste etc.
From social issues to any physical form, racism is subdivided into various categories, where, one can discriminate other based on their color of appearance, height, sex, language and the social issues could be like that of Nepotism, hetero-sexism, rank (whether upper class or lower class) and many more. Also, with the coming days it is visible that people are highly concerned about grouping themselves according to their interests, professions, races, which will definitely give rise to racism and the critical part: it has undervalued the basic rights of the people.
Dalits are deprived of Basic Rights
Theoretically, India has abolished untouchability since Independence, but is it true that Dalits get all the privileges in the country and are treated as any other normal individual of the nation?
Well in reality, Dalits are discriminated, harassed in public and are considered ineligible for higher education, abused for several reasons and denied to get access to land and various services. So, they prove to be the best examples of how racism in India still exists and finds no way to exit.
Dalits, which literally means, broken, are divested of basic human rights and are forced to live the suppressed life. The upper caste society still manages to oppress Dalits and take advantage over their situation.
Fundamental Rights like Right to Freedom, Right to Equality, Right to freedom of religion or constitutional rights, educational as well as cultural rights are been eliminated from their daily practice.
Rules that are made by the Panchayats against lower caste communities
The lower caste communities are always the victims of suppression and when it comes to villages, even the Panchayats tend to show no mercy towards them.
In some regions of India, the Dalits are restricted to use wells that are used by normal people of the village, and their plea in the panchayat, for equal rights remains unconsidered. Also, in some areas they are denied to even own a piece of farm land and start their own cultivation, they are generally stereotyped as laborers and more specifically, sanitation workers in the area.
There are many such situations in the country where Dalits and other low caste communities are not enjoying access or, are held for their acts by the panchayats and the higher class people in the village and this needs to be looked upon, by the government at the earliest, in order to maintain the dignity of being a prosperous nation.
Honour Killings involves caste and religion based discrimination
Despite the fact that high values and ethics were promoted by the great saints and leaders like Vivekananda, Raja Ram Mohan Roy and many others, to prevent honour killings, during early 20th Century, there is still some space left for racial differences over inter-caste marriages, and similar, religion based issues.
Honour Killing in India is widely found in Northern India region mainly, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, which involves killing with a reason of marriage without acceptance from family and also, marrying outside their own caste or religion. The agenda behind killing is due to the shame or dishonour brought by the victim, in the family or, has gone against the principle of the society or the community.
Since the rate of honour killing is increasing day by day all over the country, some considerations in the rule and certain laws should be made to target the perpetrators and punish them for committing the crime.
Celebrities promoting fairness creams
Endorsing brands on TV Commercials is very common, with many celebrities getting involved for influencing the product. Over the years, the fairness cream brands have paved the way on creating influence by hiring top notch celebrities who helps in promoting product to the wider audience.
The problem lies, not in endorsing, but the influence it creates among the people and the importance it gives to become fair and utilizing such high profiles in TVC, makes a deep impact and the need to grow fair, increases.
It has created a feeling of insecurity among the dark looking people that they may not be valued similarly to those of fair complexed people living around. This has led to increase in the racist mind-set of people in the society and people get discriminated based on their color of appearance.
Also, the products in TVC shows details which are vague and the results shown with a challenging timeline can be misleading.
Celebrities should opt for researching on products before promoting them because their influence on public is very strong and, sometimes irresistible, such that even the ambiguous or unsubstantial product becomes a highest selling product in the market.
There are many other factors which defines that racism still exist in our nation and curbing it, at this moment, is close to impossible with a huge growth in differences among people and formation of various communities over a region since years, and that’s why there is no way the debate on racism could be ended.