The concept of a caste is foreign to my sense of the world but to over 160 million Indians; it is terrifyingly and horribly familiar. Hindu beliefs determine four main castes of people: “varnas, emerge from a primordial being. From the mouth come the Brahmans—the priests and teachers. From the arms come the Kshatriyas—the rulers and soldiers. From the thighs come the Vaisyas—merchants and traders. From the feet come the Sudras—laborers.” Unfortunately, there is another “untouchable” group known as the achuta–deemed inpure and less than human. Also known as Harijan, this oppressed group of people or Dalits endure incredible torture.
It breaks my heart to hear and read of the atrocities committed against these people–who are creations of God! It’s a good thing I don’t have the power to destroy people–if I could–I would have destroyed these murderers/rapists/torturers centuries ago.