Hindus and discrimination
THIS is apropos of the letter ‘Discrimination against low-caste Hindus’ by Vijesh Kumar (Oct 20). He underlines the plight of the ‘low-caste Hindus’ (a discriminatory title in itself) in a part of Sindh which provides a sad reminder of how the minorities continue to face myriad problems in this country.
Moreover, he highlights the fact that the high-caste Hindus continue to have an upper hand and this 20 per cent rules over the 80 per cent of low-caste Hindus. This malady (rule of the rich over the poor) plagues the entire nation and presents grim problems for the unfortunate ones looked upon as ‘underlings’.
If the government is taking measures to help minorities have a voice, then it should do so in a fair manner.
The committee set up on minority affairs should also have proper representation from the low-caste Hindus. Otherwise, it is rightly said that the right of vote bears no importance for this ignored section of society.
As far as the general problem of discrimination against the poor goes, in addition to the necessary steps by the government, it requires a prodigious shift in the thinking patterns of the privileged ones. Otherwise, nothing can be expected to alleviate the sufferings of the poor class.
IZZ GHANAA ANSARI