J T Jayasingh

Rookie - 23 Points (17-10-1972 / Kanyakumari)

We Are High Caste And They Are Low Caste - Poem by J T Jayasingh

We are high caste
And they are low caste
Our caste has no exchange with them,
I mean, marriage exchanges
Even they are not allowed in our homes,
They clean our toilets, courtyards
And do some works in our fields,
They eat cows and what not,
Dirty fellows…
But we eat only fish and goat.

They worship their own gods
Perhaps we too worship them
After all gods are needed for blessings
Last week our caste people made a dharna
To include us in the list of backward caste
We all went to give our voice
In fact it was only eyewash
A huge some was already paid
To the white Dhoti minister
Through our caste MLA
Backward caste will get Government jobs
Then our caste will rule the state

Don’t think all in our caste are great
You know, there are four sub castes in our caste
And among them we are the top
We don’t have any exchanges with them too
But they can come to our homes

The low castes have many reservations
According to the Indian law
But we know they can’t get it
How can they unless they are given education?
That we don’t allow

If they go to school
Then who will do all these menial works?
Now-a-days they are showing some pride
That has to be broken
Even some are walking on our streets
But there are ways to deal with them
A few years back our president’s son
Eloped with a low caste girl
We killed both to keep our pride
Another woman was stripped
And brought through the street
For walking on our street
Yet another idiot was butchered at his home
For contesting election perhaps reserved for them

The list is long
In short, they are low caste and we are high caste
There are higher castes too but they lost their teeth
Now it is our time
Who said castes are gone in India
In fact they are consolidated
Even in our sacred books there are castes
In fact that is why they are sacred
Government offices, schools, hospitals
All are caste run
For India is caste, caste India
Anyhow we are high caste and they are low caste
There are higher castes too
So don’t forecast any changes in caste
In your TV or Radio broadcast
Or else you would become an outcast…
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Topic(s) of this poem: political

Form: Prose Poem

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 11, 2015

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