Over the last days in India, the papers have been rocked with the news of the Jat agitations. The Jats are an upward, dominant caste in the state of Haryana, in North India.
You see, they wanted to be classified as backward, so that they could start to receive all sorts of privileges reserved for the backward castes. And, the agitation took an ugly turn, with them burning public property and private. Finally, the government blinked – or winked.
And then, while we were all reeling in shock, a friend made a rather caustic remark – India is the only place that he knows of, where people fight to be called backward.
You see, he is correct. Now, look at the problem that he faces. He walks forward, while looking back. Dammit, he says, is forward better, or backward?
The forces are opposing, the road goes round and round, and the fires keep burning.
Does he roll back, or does he roll forward? The question goes round and round inside his head.
What happens after one hundred years? When all of India is deemed to be backward, where does the fight then go?
Do the backward classes then fight again? Sorry, backward castes…
Now, one caste will say… No. I am not just backward, but I am Really Backward. All of you are only backward.
And then, someone else will say that they belong to the Absolutely Backward Castes. Hah! Beat that if you can!
Meanwhile, you see, some idiots keep improving our technology. We have new cars. Brand new cars. We have helicopters. We have all sorts of stuff.
Yet, we fight to remain backward.
Why must our thinking progress, when we can have new machines to use? Tell me. Seriously.
Why must you ask me not to be backward? Be reasonable now. If I can remain mentally and emotionally backward, then why should I progress?
Answer that question, and I shall think about it?
Else, let me fight to be backward…..