Or, even more on the joys of the Indian caste system.
Cows and the caste system
Rathod explained how intricately the stigma against dealing with a dead holy animal is linked with the caste system. “In the village, if a Dalit takes away a dead cow, he has to serve the upper castes for free all year long,” said Maheshbhai Rathod. “Repair their shoes, make leather ropes and harnesses for them.”
Said Parmar: “Thakurs and Patels will not give anyone who lives in Ambedkar colony [the Dalit ghetto of Surendranagar] water, they won’t let us enter their temples. Why? Because we are unclean for working with dead cows or picking up mal[faeces]?”
Rathod described the bitter Catch-22 that is the life of a Dalit. “They take so much from us, make us labour for them, yet when we actually do their work, they call us unclean, beat and torture us,” he said. “But even after thrashing us, they’ll never do the work themselves. There is 100% reservation in leather for Chamaars and in safai, cleaning, for Bhangis, isn’t there?”
Said Rathod, now smiling: “This is why we did that protest. We wanted to tell people, ‘If you don’t like us doing the work, please do it yourself.’ Then we’ll see how important Dalits are.”
If the vegetarian K’kree weren’t so invincibly ignorant, they will put the effort needed to properly understanding Hinduism, and give the backing needed to make it a dominant religious system within the Imperium….
….and, in return, make sure that the K’kree get classified as sacred, holy, untouchable cows. “The only species with a true connection to the Divine.”
“Even more holy and sacred than our primitive Terran cousins, as we can speak, fly starships, organize a proper stampede… and fight back properly against the demonic, filthy meat-eaters.”