Monday, 3 June 2013

Wall of Shame!





 Wall of Shame!

For decades stood there in the village a wall
built with bricks of shame and tears of dalits.
Keeping in exile senses of mutual trust and honor
the upper caste built the wall, parading airs of supremacy.
A long and huge wall-- it wasn’t built by cement, but
by unjust and unruly ethics-- hatred being the Mason.
Poor dalits, mute they became seeing the wall in their way;
resigned timidly to their cell of subservience … a bequest
 they got from the Varnas. “It’s another albatross on our neck”
muttered the Dalits wrenching their hands in despair.
Happy they became when down went the wall of shame.
For, in its debris they saw no stones and bricks, but
the pride and arrogance of a haughty caste.
To the ground gone the village wall, but yet to go from
our minds is the sturdy wall of casteism, which
we still keep for revenge.

[A sturdy wall that was built across a village in South India which blocked the lower-castes to have access to the main road was recently demolished.]

Image courtesy: Google

22 comments:

  1. Thanks for your visit & comments. Have nice time.

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  2. Well written. It is very true that despite the progress the wall of casteism from our mind has not yet gone.
    It needs a lot of effort to shed this false and haughty cloak of casteism.

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  3. Indeed Wall of Shame , Sir !!
    At least the visible one was demolished .. the one inside few hearts needs proper education to be demolished , I feel.
    They who differentiate in the name of caste and religion should be reminded some 65 years back we are equal, all of us !! We were slaves to the White Skin and if we continue to divide ourselves history will repeat itself !!

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  4. When one wall of shame is down, how many are still standing upright. OK at least one is down, we should take count of that. I have come across many people who think that caste discrimination is a thing of the past; that is an added slap on the face of those who still suffer in the name of it.Well written Eswar

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  5. Very true...Don't know when we will be truly rid of such prejudices from our heart.

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  6. time have changed and I hope soon there will be no wall of shame which differentiate man from man

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  7. Wonderful content and well verse

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  8. And I wonder at its durability, this caste system!

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  9. "A wall of shame" - a very apt name for a very shameful practice !

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  10. A very conscientious post making a scathing attack on the caste system tearing into the fabric of the country. The poor and the wretched people of the country have long been branded as untouchables and ostracized by the powerful and the rich belonging to so-called upper castes. I feel happy to have done my bit of protest against the bane of caste distinction by commenting on this lovely post by a nice human being and blogger.

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  11. The need of the hour is to demolish such walls from the minds of the people. We keep taking about globalization and equality in every sphere, but you will notice very easily people making faces and shrugging shoulders at lower castes people. Its very shameful, because we all are Humans and we need to respect all.

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  12. This is something I hate in our country. We divide people on so many grounds. The phrase, 'hatred was mason' is so profound.

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  13. such kinda of activities makes it very difficult to build trust among different sectors of society and shows that discrimination is not yet over. I have alos written a post in this regard will be happy to have your comment on the same.

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  14. I like the last line, so positive: better late than never!
    Hope no such walls come up in future!

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  15. Its really a shame. It is an alarming issue. Hope it never happens again.

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  16. Hope every wall that divides the society and the people will be broken down....!
    Bhavya
    http://ishithaa.com/

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  17. Even education has nt helped people to cross over this thought of casteism. Very aptly picked.

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  18. such things exist even today!!

    loved the line- they saw no stones and bricks, but the pride and arrogance of a haughty caste.

    so symbolic!

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  19. This system is ridiculous! I am waiting for the day when this great wall will finally collapse.
    Loved the concluding line...

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  20. Not only caste, any type of wall that's built between any relationship is the result of a poor thinking mind that needs to be rebuilt. Glad that the wall as at last brought down. There are many more to go.

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  21. Very good article.
    Many races but that too not in harmony. We born free but men invented races for their benefit, We are the sons and daughters of Adam Eve .
    We speak and write about unity and that unity is not coming from our heart , It is not advancement but vice versa (reverse)

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