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Well, so why not let all Hindus choose their caste. Wasn't that how it originally started? We've all read in school about how the system of castes in Hinduism evolved. Nehru discussed this in Discovery of India. Originally, we were not born into our castes, we were Kshatriya, Vaishya, Brahman or Shudra, depending on the vocations we chose. Our children did not inherit our castes, they were free to choose what they did with their lives. We were truly democratic and liberal.
Somehow we allowed the system to become so rigid that some of our fellow Hindus, who should have been equal in every way, were exploited, enslaved, cheated, humiliated and abused. We don’t want them to worship Christ, but we won’t let enter our temples.Even today many of us will not touch them, many will not share a meal with them, most of us genuinely believe in our superiority over them, and will never marry amongst them, but, we don’t want them to turn away! Our logic being ‘Even Christians have castes’. Well, they obviously feel more wanted there. We have no business to burn them for converting. If somebody robbed you and burnt your house and your family, what would you call them?* If they did this in the name of religion does it become acceptable then?* Shouldn’t any such gangs be stopped immediately? Can we kill, rape, rob and burn people alive in the name of religion?*
If Christian Missionaries can woo them, why can't we?* We can win them back with respect, equality, dignity and love. Not with gau-mootra !
Those who convert to Christianity/Buddhism are obviously unhappy with their birth-caste. Reconverting them to the same caste serves no purpose. So, all reconverts should be converted to Brahmans. As of now, VHP and bajrang dal are making them drink cow's urine and reconverting them back to dalits. Is this going to make them love Hinduism? Shouldn't these gangs, hijacking Hindusim, be banned?*
What if they still wish to convert to Christianity?* I think then we must accept that we cannot stop them, who we pray to is not something anybody can dictate. Today in DNA, R Jagannathan talked about how many times he has converted, and I realised many of us have done the same thing. I became a staunch Krishna Fan as a child, after reading Mira Bai's story in Amar Chitra Katha. Today I think I'd fall in the category of a Liberal, Agnostic Hindu. What's your religion in your Face book profile? (or otherwise)*
And should we say the same logic should also entitle economically backward Upper caste Hindus the option to convert to dalits. Allow no lower caste Hindu unearned handicaps or privileges. In fact, VHP will serve the Hindu Nation much better by converting upper-caste Hindus to Dalits so they can avail of reservations available to the dalits, 'Ambedkars' or Chamaars, or Chandals. How many will exchange places? Unthinkable!? Why is it so bad to even think of converting to a dalit caste?*
Just imagine if just being yourself, if just being born to your parents and your caste was an insult! If your name or caste was a slur or an insult, how would you feel? *Students protesting reservations were singing on traffic jams (seen on TV) and what were they singing?
'Ramchandra kah gaye Siya se, aisa kalyuga ayega, hans chugega dana tinka, Kauwa moti khayega.’ [Ramchandra told Sita that in kalyuga the deserving white swan will eat ordinary grain and the lowly black crow will eat Pearls (of reservation)]
Either you live your entire life in humiliation or you reject the cause of this humiliation.
I know what I would have done. I would have converted with family and friends and escaped, no rejected, such indignity. Were you in their place would you have chosen low caste Hinduism over Christianity/Buddhism, with or without any perks?* Put yourself in their position. What would you have done?
People who quote Gandhi when they talk against conversions forget Gandhi was dead against castiesm and very much for equality and reservation.