Even after 73 years of Independence and the progress that India has made, certain practices like caste discrimination still continue despite being banned by the Constitution which makes us question the true value of that progress. Recently there was a report where school children in Tamilnadu were being forced to wear coloured bands to identify their caste. When this was brought to the notice of the authorities, the Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan shockingly defended the practice. He said that the practice was an ancient one in Tamilnadu and it would continue. It is appealing to see that leaders and lawmakers are propagating stigma and stereotypes. The case is Tamilnadu is a microcosm of what is happening in hidden pockets of the entire country.
- 17 Aug 2019