10th BCS - SESSION II
Caste to Class or Class to Caste: Where are we really moving ?
Prahlad Singh Patel –
The honourable speaker gave a detailed account of his own experiences in the Lok Sabha and stressed that it does not matter how you reach the Indian parliament or where you are seated, rather it is what you do to sway those around you and serve the nation is what matters. He further stresses that as a speaker one should know the subject matter they are to speak on so they may sum it up in five minutes, in an hour or even two hours. He also proclaims that Indians come from a rich culture and heritage and that we must draw courage from it. He also thanked the organizers of the 10th BCS and extolled the youth to learn from whichever source they can, while not forgetting the tradition they belong to. He says fight for that which you believe in and be noble about it. He says to not shirk away from the inner power we all have and that we must not forget where we come from, in order to go to where we now belong.
K T Jaleel –
The learned speaker spoke eloquently against division on the basis of religion and caste. He believes fervently in social reform and understands that those opposed to it, especially in India, take the excuse of religion or caste to ensure social reform is halted. He also states that caste cannot be a dividing factor anymore and that Brahmanical supremacy must be challenged in India. He argues further that India is a democratic and secular nation where caste and religion must not be grounds for our divide or difference. He spoke about his home state of Kerala where there was massive social reform programs instigated which have had excellent results as Kerala is not divided on the basis of caste or even religion. He speaks of how even for the short term, bigotry must not be fomented or condoned.
Abhishek Upadhyay –
The student leader spoke about the evils of casteism and how the elimination of caste is necessary for the country to move forward.
The student leader is fervently against caste and he believes that luminaries such as Rahul Karad can be instrumental to ensure casteism is abolished.
The student speaker from Netherlands made an impassioned plea towards humanity by reiterating the gifts of peace and harmony that is India’s legacy and its implication on the caste issue.
Kiran Prakashrao Deshmukh –
The student leader spoke about how caste is creating an issue and coming in the way of modernising the country.
Revered Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad –
The honourable visionary spoke about his reason for constructing the World Peace dome, the largest dome of its kind in the world, a feat he managed without the help of computers, architects or cranes. He credits his vision of one people, undivided by caste or creed as the reason for it. He believes that caste and religion are serving to divide us, which is something that he strives to rectify. He states that when he started his journey with MIT he did not envision the huge and pivotal role that he will be playing.
Rajesh Patnekar –
The leader took a different approach to the caste issues of India. He claims that at the birth of the republic of India, multiple people from different races, religions and geographies were bound together by the problem of caste that seems to be the only commonality among these different people. He believes that caste can be overcome simply by education, and that education must be provided to all individuals. He also stresses the actual position of the backward castes, which is so terrible that they do require opportunities and that again inflames caste rivalry and passions. Thus for social change to occur, different castes must gain an understanding of each other and the interplay of class and caste must be redressed. He claims the number of upper caste individuals who are members of the top echelons of society. He also claims that this is dying as India is modernising and that is reason to rejoice, at least for now.
Randeep Surjewala –
The learned lawyer starts by comparing the situation of individuals in diverse parts of India and then comparing it with each other. He postulates that poverty is the same for a low caste or a high caste. The system, which is the republic of India, needs to alleviate the situation of all who are poor. He further postulates that poverty magnified with a lower caste creates the worst kind of social conditions. He quotes multiple examples of casteism being alive and well in India and that a severe inner reflection is required by us to understand how to defeat this ancient and evil phenomenon.
Jyotiraditya Scindia –
The speaker spoke about the qualities of leadership and how in all of history we, as in humans, have had strife and stratification. He then spoke about the qualities of a good leader as he believes that good leadership can be instrumental in righting society’s wrongs. He also believes that the Prime Minister’s post should be for one term only. He also stresses on having a clear conscience.
Dr Fr Abraham Vettiyankal – The father started by talking about the realities of the caste system. He speaks about how the urbanization of the country is one of the foremost causes for the caste system to be more entrenched and established. This is due to the caste providing a background in an alien environment, which serves to strengthen caste. Now after a period of urbanization caste identity will disappear, but it will take time. He believes rationality and logic will ensure its demise.